Mike Aviles gets suprising shot

After working on his outfield skills, he's leading candidate to be Red Sox shortstop

Updated: February 20, 2012, 10:46 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine stood on one of the back fields at the team's player development complex Monday morning, and under a bright sunny sky, he was working with utilityman Mike Aviles at shortstop.

The two talked about all the different aspects of the position, where Aviles, Nick Punto and Jose Iglesias will be competing this spring for the starting job. Valentine recently said that he believes Aviles has the DNA to be the club's everyday shortstop. ...

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