David Ortiz and the 5 Key Hitters the Boston Red Sox Must Rely on in 2012

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David Ortiz and the 5 Key Hitters the Boston Red Sox Must Rely on in 2012
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While the Red Sox were struggling so badly earlier in the season that fans were already calling for Bobby Valentine’s head, the Boys from Beantown have managed to turn things around of late. Fresh off a four-game win streak, Boston is managing to reinsert itself into the conversation in the AL East.

That said, a three-run loss to the White Sox on Sunday reminded Boston that they’re still stuck in the cement of the division basement. They managed only one run in that game—and one other in their victory in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel on Saturday—and if they’re going to make a serious run at the title, their offense will need to get more consistent. This is a team that’s in second place in the majors in run production; shouldn’t they be able to score more than twice in an entire weekend?

With an outstanding pitching staff to rely on—Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz are all proven performers—the one thing the Red Sox really need in order to flip the switch is for their uneven offense to steady itself. These are the five key hitters that the BoSox will need to play big this year if the team hopes to truly compete in the rough AL East.

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