Daily Red Sox Links: Matt Thornton, Jon Lester, Xander Bogaerts

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Today's links bring you stories including a new vacancy on the 40-man roster, a possible trophy for Jose Iglesias, and the rotation following the All Star break.

There have been some real concerns about Matt Thornton's performance in Chicago this season, but Tim Britton gives some reasons to feel better about his acquisition. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

A spot was opened on the forty-man roster last night. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

Jon Lester wasn't great on Saturday night, but he pitched well enough to have something to build upon, though he doesn't see himself as a different pitcher than in the past. (Evan Drellich; Masslive.com)

While he's being partially helped by a weak field of competition, Jose Iglesias may be the frontrunner for the AL Rookie of the Year this season. (Daniel Poarch; Fire Brand of the AL)

Brandon Workman was very good in his start yesterday, but his real value may come out of the bullpen in the second half. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

Tim Lincecum did a pretty cool thing over the weekend. (Gwenn Knapp; Sports on Earth)

The Red Sox have their rotation set for after the break, with next Saturday's matchup against New York looking particularly intriguing. (Peter Abraham; Boston.com)

David Schoenfield has some thoughts on Xander Bogaerts, among others, after yesterday's Futures Game in New York. (David Schoenfield; ESPN.com)

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