Today's links include stories on Daniel Nava's right-field exploits, how well John Lackey fits with the Red Sox, and another reason why Boston's pitching has been this great.
Daniel Nava has worked on his defense mightily ever since his emphatic major-league debut in 2010. He took those newfangled exploits to right field this week, which yielded fantastic results. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)
The addition of a healthy John Lackey to an already dominant pitching staff is akin to acquiring a pitcher in a mid-summer blockbuster deal. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald)
First-year pitching coach Juan Nieves has instilled a calming atmosphere to Boston's clubhouse, and it has translated onto the mound. (Jason Mastrodonato; MLB.com)
Ben Carsley wonders if Anthony Ranaudo is regaining relevance within the Sox farm system. (Ben Carsley; Fire Brand of the AL)
A left-handed reliever with Pawtucket provides some perspective on what has happened to Daniel Bard. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)
David Ortiz and his wife, Tiffany, are filing for divorce, but the 37-year-old slugger pledges that it will in not affect his play on the field. (Ian Browne; MLB.com)
A certain surefire Hall of Famer is planning on writing an autobiography. (Craig Calcaterra; Hardball Talk)