Daily Red Sox Links: Jacoby Ellsbury, Will Middlebrooks, Stephen Drew

Jared Wickerham

Today's edition includes links on the difficulty of replacing Jacoby Ellsbury, how Middlebrooks turned his season (and possibly his career) around, and a verbal argument between two AL East managers.

Replacing Jacoby Ellsbury's productivity will be no easy take for the Red Sox. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)

Will Middlebrooks attributes his recent offensive tear to an alteration in his batting stance, which began in late July. (Evan Drellich; MassLive.com)

Ben Carsley examines what the Red Sox may potentially lose if they let Stephen Drew walk this offseason. (Ben Carsley; Fire Brand of the AL)

Alex Speier explains the blueprint for a deep playoff run by the Red Sox, which starts with their rotation. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

How good are these Red Sox? SO GOOD. SO GOOD (so far). (Tim Briton; Providence Journal)

Boston's coaches have undergone a maturation process similar to those players they oversee. (Evan Drellich; MassLive.com)

It's almost a given Dan Butler won't be suiting up for Boston this season, but that's okay since he's leading the PawSox to playoff glory. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

If memory serves me correctly, ESPN's E:60 has covered Carl Crawford and Ryan Westmoreland during their times with the Red Sox. Add one more Red Sox to their archives. (ESPNBoston.com Staff)

Buck Showalter and Joe Giradi had some issues with one another yesterday, and both had to be restrained by an umpire. (Matthew Pouliot; Hardball Talk)

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