Daily Red Sox Links: Dustin Pedroia, Zach Stewart, Brian Johnson

BOSTON, MA- Colby Rasmus #28 of the Toronto Blue Jays is out at second as Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to complete a double play in the first inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Remember that time when Dustin Pedroia was coming off of a thumb injury and everyone, including myself, thought he needed a stint on the DL? You should, it was less than a week ago. There was good reason for these feelings, though, as he had been hitting .145/.206/.194 in June up until this past Saturday. As Mark Daniels points out, though, it seems the Laser Show is ready to resume its typical course of destruction. (This article was written prior to yesterday's game, so Pedroia's now on a five game hitting streak, and is now 8-19 in that stretch with three walks). (Mark Daniels; Boston Herald)

  • Yesterday, I linked to a story from ESPN about President Obama making a quick joke about the Youkilis trade, and the Romney camp lashing back. Well, leave it to the great Jeff Sullivan to articulate just how silly this whole situation is. (Jeff Sullivan; Baseball Nation)
  • Speaking of that Youkilis trade, one of the pieces the Sox got back was RHP Zach Stewart. As it turns out, he made his debut in Pawtucket tonight, and performed quite solidly. (Paul Kenyon; Providence Journal)
  • It's getting close to All-Star time, and fans are starting to wonder who will be representing their favorite teams in the Summer Classic. While I think Jarrod Saltalamacchia, David Ortiz, and Scott Atchison deserve the nod, Dave Cameron disagrees slightly. (Dave Cameron; Fangraphs)

More links after the jump.

  • Yesterday on this very blog, Marc Normandin followed up on a report that the Sox had signed their first round pick Brian Johnson (#31 overall). Hunter Golden goes a little more in depth on just what to expect from Johnson down the road. (Hunter Golden; Baseball New England)
  • Bobby Valentine has experience in Japanese baseball that is unmatched by most people involved with Major League Baseball. Using that experience, he said that pitchers from Japan actually try for full counts. That sounds a little bogus to me, but like I said, he has a lot more knowledge on the subject than I do. (Dayn Perry; CBS Eye On Baseball)
  • Our friends over in New York suffered a couple of big blows to their rotation on Wednesday. Before their afternoon game, they placed ace CC Sabathia on the DL, and received yet another blow during the game. (Matthew Poulliot; NBC Hardball Talk)
  • With these injuries, it seems the Sox rival in the Bronx may be a fit for ex-Oriole and current Rockie Jeremy Guthrie, says Zach Links, amongst other AL East rumors. Let's all take a second and bask in the glory of the possibility of Guthrie in pinstripes. (Zach Links; MLB Trade Rumors)
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