Each week during spring training, we'll take a look at how position battles are playing out. This week, we take a look at which position battles could directly influence the race for a pennant.
Los Angeles Angels: catcher
With a three-player battle for two spots, the Angels may have an easier decision if they believe that switch-hitting prospect Hank Conger needs more time in Triple-A Salt Lake to work on his defense and swing from the right side of the plate. It may not be out of the question that all three make the Opening Day roster, as manager Mike Scioscia went with three last year, including this year's favorites, Jeff Mathis and Bobby Wilson. Wilson started the first game of the Cactus League schedule for the Angels, going 1-for-2 and throwing out two would-be base stealers.
Texas Rangers: closer