Looking for competition? Here you go

Originally Published: February 16, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Spring training is under way, and J.D. Drew's back is achy, Alex Rodriguez is clearing his throat for the introductory news conference and Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers are still enmeshed in those ongoing contract discussions.

We're also about to embark on a ceremonial rite of February and March -- the vaunted "position battle'' at camps throughout Florida and Arizona.

In this early Cactus and Grapefruit League installment of Starting 9, we take a snapshot of some competitions ...

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