What the Red Sox learned this spring

Newcomers fit in, health not an issue, pitching looks deep -- but there are catches

Updated: March 30, 2011, 10:10 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Maybe this is all you need to know about spring training: On the team's last day in Florida, Red Sox manager Terry Francona was asked if there was a player he was particularly impressed by, and he skipped past the usual suspects and rhapsodized about the local hero, Nate Spears.

"Nate Spears had a great camp, there's no getting around it," Francona said. "Fun to watch, worked hard, I think he grew on everybody. Every single coach was like, 'Damn, this guy can play."' ...

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