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Daily Red Sox Links: Daniel Bard, Kevin Youkilis, Bobby Valentine

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Minneapolis, MN, USA: Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester (31) looks on before delivering a pitch in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Red Sox won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
Minneapolis, MN, USA: Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester (31) looks on before delivering a pitch in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Red Sox won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Wow. I'd almost forgot what winning fells like. Thanks, Cody Ross.

Yes, Daniel Bard pitched (effectively) out of the pen last night and helped to preserve a much needed win. But don't expect that to become the norm, so says intrepid manager Bobby Valentine. (Bobby V: Bard to pen 'not a great temptation; WEEI.com)

The more I hear from Daniel Bard the more impressed I am with him. He's clearly a smart guy with a good sense of what he can and can't do. Like, for instance, fixing the entire bullpen on his own. That's a 'can't do.' (Bard OK with temporary bullpen stint, wary of being a savior; Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal)

Whether or not Daniel Bard remains in the rotation may have something to do with Aaron Cook's contract and the opt-out clause he can use on May 1st. (Decision time is closing in on Aaron Cook, Red Sox; Rob Bradford, WEEI.com)

Chad Finn discusses the state of the Red Sox and, yes, very kindly mentions yours truly as well. But it's the common sense stuff that I love from Mr. Finn that makes this worth the read. (Youkilis deserves more time; Chad Finn, The Boston Globe)

Some idiot wrote about the Red Sox. It's free, so you know, read it or whatever. (Designing A Nervous Breakdown; Matthew Kory, Baseball Prospectus)

It's so tough to avoid making a "times they are a' changin" joke here, but I'll do my best. Whoops. (Byrd, Bard, and Lars: Red Sox Make Changes; Paul Swyden, Fan Graphs)

Steven Goldman is turning Bleacher Report upside down and it's wonderful. (Top 5 MVP Candidates, Pedro, Jeter, and a Gnu; Steven Goldman, Bleacher Report)

Assessing the big loss to the Yankees, and what must be done about it. (Chip Buck, Fire Brand of the AL)

Finally, if you've seen (or have) Derek Lowe's World Series ring, kindly return it to its rightful owner. Seriously, I can't imagine any actual Red Sox fan who was alive before 2004 doing anything to Derek Lowe beside buying him a beer. Give the ring back, moron, would ya please? (Derek Lowe's 2004 World Series ring reported stolen; Mike McDermott, Providence Journal)