Today's links include the saga that is Alfredo Aceves, the back of the bullpen upon Joel Hanrahan's return from the DL, and possible options for spot-starts in the near future.
Though he didn't appear in yesterday's game, Daniel Bard expressed his excitement to be back in Boston in a pregame interview. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)
Prior to the news of Alfredo Aceves' demotion, Hunter Golden wrote that it was time for him to go. (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)
There's a lot of talk about what will happen at the back of Boston's bullpen when Joel Hanrahan returns, but Andrew Bailey doesn't think it's that big of a deal. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)
In San Francisco, Matt Cain has struggled thus far in 2013, and Grant Brisbee tries to figure out the problem. (Grant Brisbee; Baseball Nation)
Scott Lauber goes over some options in case John Lackey can't make his scheduled start on Sunday. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)
Michael Clair investigates the interesting question of when it could be deemed that baseball has ventured too far from being a spectator sport. (Michael Clair; Platoon Advantage)
Before yesterday's game, John Farrell had some words for Alfredo Aceves. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)