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Four quick hits on Red Sox stories from Spring Training.

Pedroia Powering Up

Expect an uptick in offense numbers from Dustin Pedroia.

Everyone needs to remember Pedroia injured his thumb on Opening Day last season – and played the entire year with the injury.

But off-season surgery repaired the bad thumb.

Says Pedroia, “I don’t have any discomfort and to be honest, it feels stronger than my right one, because this joint is thicker.”

Look for the improved health to translate to an increase in offense production from Pedroia.

What a Difference a Year Makes

Last Spring Training, there were questions on whether Mike Napoli could make it through the season healthy.

This Spring Training – armed with a new contract – Napoli is setting his goals higher – a Gold Glove and spot on the American League All-Star team.

Napoli says he is ready to give David Ortiz the line-up protection he desires.

Deep Depth in Bullpen

Because the Red Sox have tremendous financial resources, they can pay ex-big leaguers to play in Pawtucket – with an eye to them helping the big league club during the season.

Witness the PawSox could have a bullpen that includes former major leaguers Francisco Cordero, Rich Hill, Jose Mijares and Tommy Layne.

You can never have enough pitching – and relievers come and go season by season.

The depth Boston is building could pay off in the upcoming season.

Drew Moving to Big League Camp?

Today, media reports say Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias may miss most of the season – putting a team expected to contend for a World Series berth in a bind.

Enter: former Red Sox Stephen Drew.

Drew has been working out at the Lost Boys Camp of agent Scott Boras, along with Kendrys Morales.

He seems like a logical addition for the win-now Tigers.

Hope it works out for Drew – he served the Red Sox well and merits a spot in the big leagues.

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