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Daily Red Sox Links: Will Middlebrooks, Jon Lester, Stephen Drew

Today's jam-packed edition includes stories on Will Middlebrooks' mindset heading into this season, Jacoby Ellsbury avoiding contract talks, and a quartet of former members of the Red Sox talking about, well, the Red Sox.

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Will Middlebrooks' glaring weakness is plate discipline. He's working on alleviating that issue. (Peter Abraham;

Steve Buckley believes Jon Lester, who reminds the Boston Herald writer of Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, has started spring training on a good note. (Steve Buckley; Boston Herald)

Jacoby Ellsbury was candid about his health when talking to the media yesterday, but when it came to his expiring contract, the 29-year-old remained silent. (Maureen Mullen;

Wishes of winning the World Series are always on the minds of each professional baseball player. That's no different for Stephen Drew, who also discussed his ankle injury. (Joe McDonald;

Tim Britton provides injury updates on Clay Buchholz and Alex Hassan. There's also no word on Mike Napoli's MRI. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Four former Red Sox players talked about their former club yesterday, all in different context.

  1. Adrian Gonzalez on why the Red Sox didn't win. (Jorge Ortiz; USA Today)
  2. Carl Crawford on the environment in Boston. (Dylan Hernandez; LA Times)
  3. Daisuke Matsuzaka on why he decided to sign with Cleveland. (Craig Calcaterra; Hardball Talk)
  4. Kevin Youkilis on his loyalty to Boston. (Mark Feinsand; NY Daily News)