Daily Red Sox Links: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Bobby Valentine, Ike Davis

St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross (7) singles in the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

  • After his last start against Toronto on Friday, Daisuke Matsuzaka told the media that he believed he found the flaw in his mechanics that was causing his struggles since returning from Tommy John surgery earlier this summer. He'll be on the bump again tonight, hoping to see some improved results before hitting free agency this winter. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)
  • The other night, Bobby Valentine made an unbelievable move, pulling Jose Iglesias in the middle of an at bat in favor of pinch hitter Daniel Nava. The move was met with a ton of scrutiny from the media and fans alike, and John Leary called this move one of the defining moves of Bobby V's tenure. (John Leary; Green Line Outfit)
  • Keeping with the Bobby Valentine theme for a minute, it is all but certain that he will not be this team's manager in 2013. Yesterday, it was reported that Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar would be interviewing for the Astros' managerial position. He still remains an option for the Sox, though. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)
  • Our own Matt Kory wrote a great piece for Baseball Prospectus highlighting the slowest pitches of the season. As one may expect, Vicente Padilla was featured prominently in this article. (Matt Kory; Baseball Prospectus)

  • With the season winding down, Pete Abraham takes a look at some Red Sox players who have disappointed this season, and those who were pleasant surprises. (Pete Abraham; Boston.com)
  • While the teams in MLB are still playing to position themselves in playoff spots, the minor league season ended yesterday after the Pawtucket Red Sox lost 10-3 to the Reno Aces for the AAA championship. Jeff Moore recaps the minor league playoffs as a whole. (Jeff Moore; Hardball Times)
  • Yesterday, it was mentioned that Ike Davis could be a trade candidate this offseason. With the Red Sox in need of a first baseman, they would seem to be a good fit. For a look at how likely a Davis trade is from the perspective of the Mets, we turn to Eno Sarris. (Eno Sarris; Fangraphs)
  • One of the big stories floating around the internet amongst baseball fans yesterday were the roster rules for the one-game playoff round. Teams can essentially fill their roster with bullpen arms, as they can re-adjust the roster if/when they move on to the next round, which some see as a ridiculous rule. (Dayn Perry; CBS' Eye On Baseball)

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