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Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks, Clay Buchholz

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Today's edition includes stories on David Ortiz's final rehab start, Will Middlebrooks' recent slump, and an unexpected factor to Mike Carp's fantastic first start with Boston.

Jim Rogash

David Ortiz insists he's ready to return to Boston on Friday after his latest rehab appearance with Pawtucket, which the designated hitter finished 1 for 3 with a home run and two strikeouts. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Alex Speier has more on Ortiz, specifically the 37-year-old's contract and how it is not a motive for his return. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

Since his three-home run performance against the Blue Jays on April 7, Will Middlebrooks is 2 for 30 with one RBI. He's not worried, though. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)

Clay Buchholz may very well make the biggest start of his career tomorrow. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)

Hey you know which bullpen duo has been lights out thus far for the Sox, and possibly the entire league? Tazawa-Uehara. (Evan Drellich; MassLive.com)

Spring training stats are not precursors to early regular season success, just ask Jackie Bradley and the other 11 guys who bested the Red Sox outfielder's magnificent spring. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

MacPherson also unveiled a potential hidden gem in the Red Sox' coaching staff. Possibly the Sox version of Justin Verlander. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)