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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Sox-Marlins: Five things to watch for

By Gordon Edes

JUPITER, Fla. -- So, OK, the Sox have brought Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Pawtucket All-Stars to Roger Dean Stadium for Thursday's game against the Miami Marlins, but there are still things worth tracking.

Here are five:

--If starter Allen Webster does better in the first inning. The Sox are trying to figure out how to get him in the flow earlier.

--The progress of third baseman Garin Cecchini, who has been drawing raves for his mature approach at the plate.

--Shortstop Deven Marrero. One Sox talent evaluator described his defense as "brilliant," which is another reason Sox were able to part with Jose Iglesias.

--Whether Jackie Bradley Jr. will start to go off the way he did last spring. Hasn't happened so far.

--Whether lefty reliever Drake Britton can repeat his dominating first effort (4 K's in 2 innings).