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Stage is set for Red Sox to take next step

Team changed roster and chemistry, and the mix has been a successful blend

That the Red Sox would improve this season was not in question when spring training started. How could they not? The 2012 Sox were the worst team fielded by the franchise in nearly 50 years.

But after only a few days in Florida, John Lackey sensed this team would be more than just competitive.

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