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Daily Red Sox Links: Jon Lester, Tony Pena, Alex Rodriguez

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The Daily Links bring you the best Red Sox and baseball related stories the internet has to offer. Today's edition includes articles on Jon Lester's chances at bouncing back in 2013. the team's uphill battle back to success, and Tony Pena's candidacy for the manager's position.

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Of all qualified starting pitchers in 2012, Jon Lester's 4.82 ERA was tenth worst in baseball. Clearly his season was a disaster. Brian MacPherson likes his chances for a bounce-back 2013. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

As the Red Sox have started their interview process for the vacant managerial position, a list of legitimate candidates has begun to form. They underwent a similar series of events last winter, and ended up with Bobby Valentine. Ron Chimelis cautions the team against falling into the same trap this time around. (Ron Chimelis; Mass Live)

While MacPherson is confident in Lester's ability to comeback and perform like the Lester of old next season, it's far from a sure thing. Is it worth it to try to extend his contract while his value is low? (Rob Bradford;

Last night, the Yankees fell to a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS against the Tigers. New York's offense has been atrocious this postseason, and Alex Rodriguez's decline has suddenly become the talk of baseball. (David Schoenfield; Sweetspot Blog)

While Red Sox fans try to leave 2012 in the past and look ahead to 2013, they are clearly expecting better things. However, recovering immediately is surely not definite. (Chad Finn;

The advancement in social media has made my baseball fandom reach points that I never could have imagined. There are still their fair share of faults, though. (David Temple; Platoon Advantage)

I'm of the opinion that Carlos Beltran is the most underrated player of his generation, and is a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate. Currently, he is keeping up his typical postseason domination. (Aaron Gleeman; Hardball Talk)

One of the candidates for the managerial position is Tony Pena, and he seems more than ready for this challenge. (Sean McAdam; CSN New England)

I'm personally a little upset with the teams remaining in the postseason, as the Giants are really the only team I have any positive feelings towards. However, this still beats the hell out of the coming months where baseball will not be played. (David Roth; Sports on Earth)