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Daily Red Sox Links: Mike Napoli, Bryce Brentz, Ryan Lavarnway

Today's links include stories on Bryce Brentz's recovery, Matt Barnes' ability to deal with adversity, and an opportunity for Ryan Lavarnway to make an impact early this season.


Without David Ortiz in the lineup to start the year, the Red Sox are going to need some of their other top hitters to step up. (Rob Bradford;

After having what we'll call a bit of an eventful couple months leading up to Spring Training, Bryce Brentz is close to 100% again. (David Dorsey; ESPN Boston)

Matt Barnes had a bit of a struggle during the latter half of his 2012 season, but he says it was extremely beneficial for his development. (Jonathan Mayo;

At Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee has been running through what player will be most indicative of his team's success this season. Yesterday, he went over the AL East. (Grant Brisbee; Baseball Nation)

Last season, Boston saw its lineup slow down in its rate of getting on base, something the team has excelled at consistently over the past decade. The front office addressed that issue this winter, though. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

In a shocking development, the Rays once again have plenty of depth in their pitching staff for this season. (Drew Fairservice; Getting Blanked)

With Ortiz out of the lineup, this may be a chance for Ryan Lavarnway to finally secure a spot in the majors. (Sean McAdam; CSN New England)

Casey Kelly was one of the major pieces the Red Sox gave up to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, and it looks like he may be having some arm problems now. (Mike Axisa; Eye on Baseball)