Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (left) celebrates a victory over the Miami Marlins with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Mark Melancon (right) at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday yesterday, and if you get the rest of the weekend off, words can't describe my envy towards you. With the holiday, many blogs were off yesterday, so today's links will be a little reduced compare to normal. I will do my best to give a handful of interesting reads, regardless.
- We all know about Mark Melancon's struggles early on in the season. However, since his return from Pawtucket, he's been markedly better. His reasoning: an advantageous short memory. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)
- Speaking of the bullpen, yours truly wrote about the surprise that has been Andrew Miller's success. (New England Sports News Blog)
- It's always painful to see a fan favorite go to your rival team. Yesterday, it was announced that Darnell McDonald was claimed off waivers by the Yankees. Personally, I haven't lost any respect for the outfielder, but there's surely to be some angry fans out there because of this. (Matt Snyder; CBS' Eye On Baseball Blog)
- Ryan Kalish seems like a player with some nice upside, despite his struggles this season since joining the big boys in Boston. Well, after Tuesday's game, he made a pretty poor choice on Twitter, and will likely be hearing about it from Boston for the foreseeable future. (John Leary; Green Line Outfit)
- Felix Doubront has been a pleasant surprise in the Sox's rotation this year, but has been struggling as of late. However, as Scott Lauber points out, it's more about repertoire than fatigue. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)
- While Boston has been playing much better relative to their early season performance, the Pawtucket version of the Red Sox has been taking the opposite trajectory, probably due to much of their team being called up to the majors. (Mike Scandura; Fire Brand of the AL)