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The 5 Most Heated Position Battles in MLB Spring Training
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Julio Borbon looks to swipe the Rangers' starting center field position this spring.

If you've been paying attention to spring training games for the suspense of who wins or who loses, then you're either Bobby Valentine or just plain odd.

The games really don't matter, folks. In fact, spring training is when individual accomplishments actually do outweigh the results of the game. 

Spring training is about a number of critical things, including:

1. Allowing baseball players time to get in shape.

2. Settling hotly contested positional battles for the upcoming regular season.  

3. Serving as a backdrop for NFL hysteria surrounding Peyton Manning, the New Orleans Saints and Tim Tebow (this is more unique to 2012).

For baseball fans, No. 2 is actually No. 1. That's because who your favorite team's starting shortstop, catcher or outfielder are all are more important than who came out on top in that epic Pirates-Red Sox tilt.

What's going on down south in Florida and Arizona? There are some key positions on various baseball teams that are up for grabs.

Let's take a look at them.

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