Boston Red Sox's Spring Training To-Do List

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Boston Red Sox's Spring Training To-Do List
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Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox are looking to hit the ground running during spring training.

With 2014 spring training now underway, the Boston Red Sox now look to start the practical steps to defending their World Series crown.

In spite of a relatively quiet offseason, Boston appears all but set heading forward into the regular season, thus begging the question—what does this team need to do this spring training?

Most of the questions are already answered.  The Red Sox's pitching rotation looks set.  The bullpen is deep.  Positional battles are few.

Despite spring training being a time for players to acclimate themselves back into everyday playing shape, the preseason also provides ample opportunity for any team to make the adjustments and decisions pertinent to what product will be put on the field during the regular season.

There are plenty of obvious parts to the spring training process. 

Which rookies will impress enough to earn recognition as being potentially major league ready?  What bona fide roles will each player expected to be on the 25-man roster fill?

Ensuring the Red Sox avoid the worrisome "World Series hangover" is also a significant concern, although anyone associated with the team already knows that.

These questions, and more, will be at the heart of spring training for the Red Sox and every other major league team.

In this slideshow, let us assess five specific points Boston needs to evaluate this spring training with reference to the aforementioned questions.

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