"I'm not sure I even view it as competition. I really don't. Whoever isn't in our starting rotation or in our bullpen, there's a pretty decent chance there's a number of guys in there that are gonna help us win. I know that. Sometimes it's hard to convince them the day they get sent down, but that's why we try to start working on that atmosphere in here now and not wait until Opening Day, because there's going to be a large number of guys in that group that end up being with us this year."
-- Francona on players fighting for rotation and bullpen spots this spring
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