Boston Red Sox: 5 Keys to Reaching the World Series

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Boston Red Sox: 5 Keys to Reaching the World Series
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It's a funny thing. Spring begins and somehow immediately conjures thoughts of October. For baseball fans, the weeks leading up to Opening Day are all about what the upcoming season has in store. And ultimately, that means playoffs.

The Boston Red Sox had arguably the most successful off-season of any team in Major League Baseball, signing the best all-around position player in free agency and trading for one of the game's top sluggers.  

The additions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez give Boston the most fearsome lineup of 2011. Still, there's more to making the postseason than just mashing the ball.

Last year, the organization was devastated by injuries, but it was more than just health that led to a third-place finish in the AL East.

So what does this revamped club need to do in order to get back to the World Series?

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