Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts acknowledge problems in Red Sox clubhouse in 2017

FORT MYERS — What may have been obvious to neutral observers who spent time in the Red Sox locker room late last year has now been acknowledged by the players on the second day of spring training: There was tension.

Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts spoke to reporters during a pair of group interviews on Thursday morning and both admitted that the players had their fair share of disagreements while winning 93 games and another American League East title last year.

“We could have had more fun,” said Betts, who finished sixth in the MVP race. “I think we still enjoyed it. But we could have had more fun. Through the rough times, I think those are the times when we could have had a little more fun instead of being down so much.

“If we hit a rough patch this year, I feel like maybe we can learn from last year and continue to enjoy the game and maybe get out of it faster.”

How can the Red Sox have more fun this year?

“I think just tension in the locker room as far as if things are down,” Betts said. “We have to find a way to smile and go out and refocus on the game now vs. kinda what’s been going on. I think this year will be a little different.

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