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Daily Red Sox Links: Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes, Bryce Brentz

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Today's edition includes articles on Dustin Pedroia's impact on the clubhouse, Matt Barnes' legitimacy as an ace, and Bryce Brentz's harnessing momentum from last season.

Jared Wickerham

Amid one of the worst seasons in Red Sox history, Dustin Pedroia found time to bark at opposing players. That's just one aspect the 29-year-old brings to the Red Sox clubhouse. (Alex Speier;

Matt Barnes has been widely seen as a potential No.2 or No.3 starter, but rarely as an ace. That's okay, though. (Ben Carsley; Fire Brand of the AL)

Momentum obviously plays a role in professional sports. For Bryce Brentz, he's hoping the momentum he created in late 2012 at Triple-A will carry over in 2013 in order to further improve his development. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

A 51-year-old spearheading the team that calls the TD Garden home inspired a 22-year-old who is attempting to call Fenway Park, specifically center field, his home. (Gordon Edes; ESPNBoston)

Peter Abraham assesses the top prospects in Boston's farm system using the words of director of player development Ben Crockett. (Peter Abraham;

Is it time for Major League Baseball to dump their compensation system for free agents? (Ari Berkowitz; Beyond the Box Score)

Here's a look at how AL and NL pitchers differ in terms of batting. (Jeff Sullivan; Fangraphs)