Daily Red Sox Links: Daniel Nava, Xander Bogaerts, Jose Iglesias

Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Andrew Bailey (40) and catcher Ryan Lavarnway (right) celebrate a victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Don't worry Red Sox fans, this season from hell is almost over, as the Red Sox have only eight games remaining in 2012. After losing four in a row, they were able to avoid the sweep by beating Baltimore 2-1 yesterday. In the final stretch of this miserable season, the Red Sox and their fans will be looking for some encouraging signs moving forwards to 2013. Speaking of encouraging signs, Daniel Nava has fit under that category all season long. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

  • While the Red Sox are hoping for a few encouraging signs to end this season on, losses may actually be more beneficial to this team. Alex Speier outlines some scenarios involving this year's amateur draft, and where the Sox fit into that picture. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)
  • Last night, after their win against the Orioles, the team held a memorial service for the late Johnny Pesky, with such guests as Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens and Jason Varitek. (Ron Chimelis; The Republican)
  • Over at Hardball Times, Kyle Boddy takes a fascinating look into the world of pitcher-injuries, an area of the game where our knowledge could grow substantially. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for part two of this piece. (Kyle Boddy; Hardball Times)

  • Though the Red Sox are still finishing out their season, their minor-league affiliates have already stopped playing. The team has handed out their organizational awards, with some expected names taking home the hardware. (Joe McDonald; ESPN Boston)
  • The Orioles, as everyone knows, look like they could be in the playoffs for the first time since the 90s. This is extremely notable, especially considering how bad they've been in the past, and how the numbers aren't exactly supporting their current position. (David Temple; Platoon Advantage)
  • One of the biggest question marks on this roster, especially moving forward towards next season, is Jose Iglesias. While his glove seems to be exactly what we've heard it is, he still leaves a lot to be desired at the plate. His Triple-A manager still has faith in him, though. (Pete Abraham; Boston.com)
  • Between the Orioles, A's, Pirates and Nationals, there has been no shortage of surprises this season for MLB. Another huge surprise has been the White Sox, who are currently in first place in the AL Central. However, Chicago has not been the topic of much discussion amongst fans this season. (Wendy Thurm; Baseball Nation)
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