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Daily Red Sox Links: Will Middlebrooks, Terry Francona, Mike Napoli

Today's links include stories on Will Middlebrooks' current slump, Terry Francona's success in Cleveland so far, and some renovations to one of baseball's most famous ballparks.


Since his three home run explosion in Toronto, Will Middlebrooks has been struggling mightily at the plate. Hunter Golden wonders just how worrisome his slump is. (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)

After the collapse in 2011, the team decided it needed to go in an entirely different direction than it had been going with Terry Francona. Now, they're learning they shouldn't have strayed too far from that model. (Rob Bradford;

Speaking of the former Boston manager, he has exceeded the expectations of the higher-ups in Cleveland's organizations thus far in 2013. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

When the current ownership group bought the Red Sox, they immediately began to make changes to Fenway Park. Now, it seems the same thing will be happening to Wrigley. (Will Leitch; Sports on Earth)

Mike Napoli has been on a tear lately, and it's not really working out in favor of one of his former coaches right now. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Boston's own Chad Finn writes about the best three-year spans in major-league history in terms of individual teams producing big-league talent from their farm system. (Chad Finn; Baseball Prospectus)

Austin Jackson has had a history of strikeout struggles, but don't be surprised if his new approach leads to a season worthy of MVP votes. (Paul Swydan; Fangraphs)