MLB Preview: Six Players Who Need to Step Up for the Red Sox

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MLB Preview: Six Players Who Need to Step Up for the Red Sox
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Adrian Gonzalez and the Boston Red Sox seek redemption in 2012 after a heartbreaking collapse in 2011.

After the Boston Red Sox suffered a collapse of epic proportions in 2011, a new regime under Ben Cherington and Bobby Valentine will be seeking to redeem the franchise in 2012.

However, the Red Sox have far more questions than answers as Opening Day is less than two weeks away. Several players need to rise above what occurred last year and have comeback seasons.

The Red Sox remain one of the biggest questions marks in an American League that has grown more competitive in recent years. As a result, several Boston players need to deliver in order for the Red Sox to reach the playoffs, let alone win the World Series.

Here are six players who must step up. They are in no particular order.


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