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JD Martinez holds no grudge against Astros, who released him

J.D. Martinez wants to thank the Houston Astros — not get back at them — for releasing him when he was struggling to make himself into a star.

The Red Sox slugger credits his growing pains in Houston for teaching him "how to fail," a lesson he credits with transforming him into an MVP candidate who helped Boston win a franchise-record 108 games and reach the AL Championship Series against his former team.

"My failures in Houston is what made me who I am," Martinez said Friday, a day before the Astros and Red Sox open the best-of-seven series. "There's really no animosity there. In a sense they did me a favor by allowing me to leave and play on...

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