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Daily Red Sox Links: John Lackey, David Ortiz, Blake Swihart

Today's edition includes stories on good ol' friend John Lackey, David Ortiz's plans for spring training, and Blake Swihart's future with Boston.

Otto Greule Jr

In some alternate universe, John Lackey is candidly expressing his thoughts on Boston and the upcoming season to his favorite people in the world -- the media. Actually, he did just that. In real life. (Peter Abraham;

David Ortiz, who has no visible qualms with the media, is planning on taking it slow this spring training. He also feels optimistic about his progression from his right Achilles tendon injury. (Rob Bradford;

"Can I have future Red Sox catcher for 200, Mr. Trebek. Lean, athletic, switch-hitting catcher. 'Who is Blake Swihart?'"(Matt Huegel;

Take David Price's fastball and Barry Zito's curve, and you get Henry Owens' desires for his repertoire. (Andrew Pentis; MiLB Prospective)

Tim Britton examines the depth at the position that has plagued the Red Sox the last couple of seasons. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Gordon Edes continues his "5 Questions" running story with the penultimate question: Is there enough star power? (Gordon Edes;

This story may be a few days old, but the content is heartwarming and timeless. (Brendan McGair; The Pawtucket Times)