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Daily Red Sox Links: John Farrell, Bobby Valentine, World Series

The Daily Links bring you the best Red Sox and baseball related stories from across the internet. Today's edition brings stories on the current World Series, John Farrell's expectations, and a preview of the team's offseason.

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Among all of the reasons the Red Sox had such a bad season, their pitching was number one. With the hiring of John Farrell, they hope that problem can right itself. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

While the Red Sox had a much more miserable year, the Yankees' quick ousting at the hands of the Tigers was bad in and of itself. (Bill Reynolds; Providence Journal)

Even though he is no longer with the team, Bobby Valentine is still talking. Of course, this is extremely surprising. (Evan Brunell; Fire Brand of the AL)

Last night, in a shocking turn of events, the Giants took game one of the World Series. What was surprising was that the losing pitcher was Justin Verlander, while Barry Zito took the win. The latter's struggles since joining San Francisco have been well-documented. (Alex Kienholz; Beyond the Boxscore)

There have been some rumors at random points during the season that John Henry will soon look to sell the team. Once again, these rumors are shut down. (Gordon Edes; ESPNBoston)

Over at The Outside Corner, Joe Lucia takes a quick look at the offseason ahead of the Red Sox. (Joe Lucia; The Outside Corner)

Most baseball fans remember the first World Series they watched very fondly. I know I'll never forget the 1998 edition between the Yankees and Padres. Some other writers share their memories. (Baseball Prospectus)

Using charts and graphs, here is a look at the Tigers-Giants World Series matchup. (Craig Robinson; Sports on Earth)