What to Watch for in Spring Training's Opening Week of Games

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What to Watch for in Spring Training's Opening Week of Games
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Finally, it's time for baseball.

After months of offseason rumors, trades, free-agent signings and the slow, monotonous days of spring training, actual games are slated to begin this week in Florida and Arizona. When the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues, respectively, begin play, it will mark the first live baseball since the Cardinals and Red Sox squared off in Game 6 of the World Series.

It may still be February, but there's actual, tangible baseball to talk about. By the end of the week, expect narratives and storylines to begin forming about teams and individual players. In other words, your typical small-sample size overreaction columns.

Hyperbole or not, it's time to buckle up and get set for the first steps toward meaningful baseball in March and April.

As you gaze up at the screen or listen on the radio during work, here's a primer on what to watch for during the first week of spring training games.

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