Daily Red Sox Links: Ryan Lavarnway, Bobby Valentine, Carl Crawford

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Daily Links offers you the best Red Sox and baseball related articles from around the internet. Today's Links include stories on Boston's rotation, Ryan Lavarnway's development and Monday night's lineup.

Well folks, today is the day. We finally get put out of our misery tonight, and we end the year with the last start of everybody's favorite pitcher's career. Daisuke Matsuzaka will be taking the mound tonight as the Red Sox will finally play game number 162. It will be a fitting end to the season, as the rotation has been incredibly frustrating all season, and Dice-K's middle name may or may not be "frustration." In fact, this may very well have been the worst rotation in team history. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

  • One of the most interesting positions to look at for this team as the season opens up in 2013 will be catcher. Everyone was hoping that Ryan Lavarnway would win the job and the Red Sox may have had the flexibility to move Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Despite some struggles, though, Lavarnway has had quite the learning experience. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)
  • After the pitiful lineup the Red Sox trotted out there at Yankee Stadium on Monday night, people around baseball were complaining that they were helping out New York in their quest for the division. Why they'd deliberately do that is beyond me. Last night, though, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury were back on the field. The former explained why he felt the need to play the season out. (Sean McAdam; CSN New England)
  • As Sox fans everywhere can attest to, Carl Crawford has not been the player he used to be over the past couple of seasons, at least when he's been able to get on the field. At least part of his struggles may be due to some adjustments he's made. (Chad Moriyama; Baseball Prospectus)
  • The debate over AL MVP has been rampant over the past few weeks, and it has been turned into a battle between traditionalism vs. sabermetrics. This is truly unfortunate, as it's prevented us from appreciated two great seasons put up by two of the game's best. (Matt Sussman; Bless You Boys)
  • As I mentioned above, people have been complaining about the Red Sox lineup on Monday night. Bobby Valentine sticks by his decisions, and truly believes Che-Hsuan Lin was a good choice to start. (Ron Chimelis; MassLive)
  • The Angels were eliminated from playoff contention after Monday night's games. If you remember, they didn't call-up MVP candidate Mike Trout until late April. Did this delay cost them a chance at postseason play? (Aaron Gleeman; Hardball Talk)
  • The Indians have a managerial opening that they are looking to fill, as we all know since Terry Francona is a candidate for the position. However, a much more hilarious man has come forward and nominated himself for the spot. (Joe Lucia; The Outside Corner)
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