Daily Red Sox Links: Mike Napoli, Anthony Ranaudo, Brayan Villarreal

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Today's links include stories on the prospects of Mike Napoli ending his slump and notes from the debuts of two PawSox pitchers.

Mike Napoli thinks he has left his slump behind him. The first baseman sat in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)

The Red Sox did lose to the Blue Jays on Thursday, but one positive stemmed from the defeat. (Evan Drellich; MassLive.com)

Anthony Ranaudo didn't have his best stuff in his McCoy debut on Thursday, but he grinded through. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

On Wednesday, Brayan Villarreal made his organizational debut after he was traded to Boston from Detroit in the Jake Peavy trade. He didn't disappoint. (Tim Healey; SoxProspects.com)

Jack Keller examines what the Red Sox might do at first base next season. (Jack Keller; Fire Brand of the AL)

Daniel Nava is in favor of extended replay, but respects the role the umpires play in baseball. (Mark Polishuk; ESPNBoston.com)

A former Red Sox pitcher is set to create an elite 18-and-under softball team with hopes of competing on a national level. (Mark Daniels; Boston Herald)

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