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Daily Red Sox Links: Jon Lester, Jackie Bradley, John Lackey

Today's links include stories on the Jackie Bradley decision, Daniel Bard's quest to find his lost velocity, and John Farrell's thoughts about being back in Boston.


Yesterday, it was announced that Jon Lester would be the Opening Day starter. Though it doesn't actually mean much, it's a nice piece of news for Lester, especially considering some of the other rotation members. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Hunter Golden has some opinions on the Jackie Bradley situation, and he wrote them down! (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)

Last season, one of Daniel Bard's biggest problems was his diminishing velocity. He's working hard to reclaim his fastball's speed. (Alex Speier;

The Baseball Prospectus staff runs through some spring training stats that shouldn't have too much stock put into them. (Baseball Prospectus Staff)

John Lackey is a big question mark headed into the 2013 season, but he is working day by day to get back to a respectable level of pitching. (Ron Borges; Boston Herald)

We learned yesterday that this coming season will be the last featuring Tim McCarver in the announcer's booth. The question is, will we miss him? (Jon Bois & Grant Brisbee; SB Nation)

Creator of the ZiPs projection system Dan Szymborski shares how the system sees the American League going this season. (Dan Szymborski; ($$$)

Ian Browne has an interview with John Farrell about his new job in Boston. (Ian Browne;