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Daily Red Sox Links: Will Middlebrooks, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli

Today's links include stories on Will Middlebrooks' stature in the clubhouse, David Ortiz's pregame speech on Saturday, and some reasons to be positive about this Red Sox team.

Jim Rogash

Though he hasn't even been playing in the majors for a full year yet, Will Middlebrooks is already establishing himself as one of the faces of the team. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

In the pregame ceremonies on Saturday, David Ortiz used some mature language. He didn't receive much negative reaction to his word-choice, though. (Nick Cafardo;

Mike Napoli had a wild offseason, filled with uncertainty. Early on in the season, though, he's been a fixture in the lineup. (Alex Speier;

In Toronto, Alex Anthopolous has been utilizing the waiver wire far more frequently than other GMs. Charlie Wilmoth thinks MLB should step in and stop them before things get out of hand. (Charlie Wilmoth; MLB Trade Rumors)

Clay Buchholz has been stellar to start the season, and he's settling into quite the rhythm. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald)

On Friday, Jean Segura had one of the strangest baserunning adventures you will ever see. (Rob Neyer; Baseball Nation)

As Daniel Poarch points out, this Red Sox team has shown some reasons for positivity. (Daniel Poarch; Fire Brand of the AL)