Boston Red Sox's Biggest Winners and Losers for the Month of April

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Boston Red Sox's Biggest Winners and Losers for the Month of April
Michael Dwyer/Associated Press
The start to Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava's 2014 campaign has been disastrous.

One month into the 2014 MLB regular season, the Boston Red Sox find themselves 13-14—good for third place in the American League East.

There have been a number of notable stories that have transpired in the Red Sox's campaign to defend last season's World Series title.  The full-season debut of young phenom Xander Bogaerts has caught the attention of Red Sox fans.

Grady Sizemore, who missed all of 2012 and 2013 due to injury, has returned to action—this time with Boston.

In an ideal world, all the stories would be good.  Each player would be putting up numbers and headlines with which fans would be happy.  Yet the sub-.500 record is a clear indication that there are a few not-so-great performances that have transpired thus far into 2014.

In this slideshow, we will take a look at three winners and three losers from the Boston Red Sox for the month of April.

Even though it is still early, one month can usually give us a fairly clear indication of what may happen over the rest of the season.  Some players have risen to the occasion, while others are falling by the wayside.

To determine what sets each player apart, we must first understand the criteria.  If a player was expected to offer substantial contributions to the lineup or rotation but has fallen way short, he would obviously be a candidate for a loser.

The same would be said of a player who lost a starting job, and so on.

On the other hand, standout players who have emerged in April are warranted to be included as the biggest winners.

Let's take a look.

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