Boston Red Sox: 4 Critical Spring Training Items

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Boston Red Sox: 4 Critical Spring Training Items
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The departure of J.D. Drew has created one of several "unknowns" for the 2012 Red Sox.

It's not unusual for teams to enter Spring Training with questions. 

Positions, batting order, starters, closers, relievers. Baseball teams feature so many players who play key roles. Some are everyday starters, but many are guys that a casual fan won't notice. That is until that player is needed in a critical situation. It's at that point that the players' success or failure is in the spotlight. 

The Red Sox of the past few seasons have entered Spring Training with a few questions but this seasons' spring training will be the first one in a while with some real open spots in real critical starting positions. 

There are going to be players arriving at Fort Myers who are not just looking to get in shape or reconnect with teammates of past while enjoying the warm weather.

No, this year there will be actual competition, and it won't be against other teams.

Most teams could care less who wins or looses Spring Training games, but when there's a starting spot in the lineup on the line or a spot in the starting rotation—well that ups the level of competition within the confines of the clubhouse.

What should Red Sox fans be paying close attention to when pitchers and catchers report in just over six days?  

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