Daily Red Sox Links: Daniel Bard, Blake Swihart, Koji Uehara

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Today's links bring you stories on the return of a recently departed defensive whiz, a troubling trend with this offense, and a surprisingly valuable free-agent-to-be.

After being designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster, we look at an oral history of the fall of Daniel Bard. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

In his first game back at Fenway since the trade, Jose Iglesias showed off that flash we all got used to. (Kyle Brasseur; ESPN Boston)

He doesn't seem to get as much publicity as other players in the farm system, but Blake Swihart has turned into an impressive prospect. (David Driver; Masslive.com)

In a bit of a worrisome trend, the Red Sox continue to struggle against top-flight pitching. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)

Jarrod Saltalamacchia received a somewhat inexplicable bunt call in yesterday's game, which John Farrell gave an explanation for after the game. (Peter Abraham; Boston.com)

Speaking of Saltalamacchia, he's turned himself into a surprisingly valuable player. (Ben Carsley; Fire Brand of the AL)

Rob Bradford makes the argument that Koji Uehara could be the most important player in the American League. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)

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