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Boston Red Sox: 5 Reasons the Sox Will Win the AL East in 2012
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Dustin Pedroia and new manager Bobby Valentine will be the driving force behind winning the AL East

After the Red Sox collapsed down the stretch last season, ownership and the players are determined to win the AL East in 2012.

There are five reasons why 2012 will be different: new management, a healthy pitching staff, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford will improve in their second year in Boston, a redesigned bullpen, and the determination to silence the critics.

Shortly after the season ended John Henry and company decided to move on from the Terry Francona and Theo Epstein era.

Francona seemed to have lost control of the locker room and Epstein was ready for a new challenge.

With new management in first year GM Ben Cherington and the boisterous Bobby Valentine as manager, the Red Sox enter the 2012 MLB season with a sense of urgency and the drive to win the AL East.

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