To the surprise of many, the Red Sox were World Series champions in 2013. Now comes the hard part. The bar has been set higher-- much higher. No more talk of "bridge years." Bobby Valentine is a distant memory. Bobby who? Now the talk is about defending a championship.
To the Red Sox credit, they didn't make many changes to their 2013 championship team. Here are five burning questions that I will be looking to have answered as spring training heats up: