Storylines to watch + Hicks v Benson. It appeared that Aaron Hicks had the starting spring training job wrapped up after this three-homer game against Philadelphia. Hicks remains the favorite to open the season with the major league team, but Joe Benson is starting to show his stuff, lifting his batting average in recent games and playing well in the field. + Brian Dozier. He's putting together a decent spring. His .213 batting average isn't sparkling but, at times, his defense has been sparking. And he's forming a good partnership with shortstop Pedro Florimon. + Dozier said that both Florimon and Eduardo Escobar have worked on their English since the end of last season, but he knows a little Spanish himself and uses it with his Latin American teammates on the field.