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Here is how the Red Sox are described:

Why they’re here: GM Ben Cherington did a masterful job of putting the pieces back together following two disappointing seasons, including a last-place finish in 2012. Adding veterans such as Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes and Koji Uehara made them a deeper team across the board, and that depth is why they’re going to be the team to beat in the AL.

They’ll make the World Series if: They advance through the ALDS. A lot of times the wild-card teams get into a groove and make life difficult in a short series. For Boston, it’ll be all about surviving that charge and advancing. Of course they won’t face a pushover in Detroit or Oakland, but they can wear anybody down over seven games.

They’ll get knocked out early if: They start slow. The first two games of the ALDS might be the key to their survival.

Player who can’t slump: They look like slump-proof team, but David Ortiz is the guy they need mashing the ball all over the yard.

Player who might be a surprise hero:** Mike Carp has been a nice piece off the bench for John Farrell. Another excellent pickup by Cherington who makes an impact from the seventh inning on.

In the 2013 MLB yearbook, they’d win this award: Team most likely to get their beards shaved by a fastball.

If this team were a song, what song would it be? “Fear the Beard” by Cashbox — Love the beards or hate them, it’s their identity.

Tough to argue with that.