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Red Sox coach Brian Butterfield takes steps to improve his infielders

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Xander Bogaerts was walking gingerly out to his car when he was asked about coach Brian Butterfield’s footwork drills Tuesday morning.

“My feet are killing me,” said Bogaerts. “It’s really intense. Butter really believes that the first two steps are the most important steps. He believes in explosion with those steps, so it’s been pretty tough with the drills, but I believe I’m going to be better as a result.”

Butterfield’s 2014 camp mantra is footwork. He hopes to improve it with every infielder on the Red Sox roster. And no one — not even three-time Gold Glover Dustin Pedroia — will be exempt. Butterfield’s infield played superbly last season, but he believes it can be better.

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