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Daily Red Sox Links: Ryan Dempster, Joel Hanrahan Alfredo Aceves

Today's links include stories on Ryan Dempster's first-pitch aggressiveness, Joel Hanrahan's bad break, and a trip down closer-by-committee memory lane.

Jim Rogash

Half of Ryan Dempster's 16 surrendered hits have materialized on first pitches. Dempster and some of his teammates don't care about the unsurprising statistic, however he does care about consistently getting ahead of the count. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Joel Hanrahan has run into some bad luck this year. He has not only encountered his wonted early season struggles, but he's also about to lose his job to Andrew Bailey. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)

Don't fret, guys. Alfredo Aceves won't be rampaging his way down to Pawtucket this weekend. According to John Farrell, the unstable reliever took his demotion "like a pro." (Gordon Edes; ESPNBoston.com)

There was a reason why Shane Victorino was absent from yesterday's lineup against the Astros. He's having some back issues. (Sean McAdam; CSNNE.com)

Ten years ago, the Red Sox employed a closer-by-committee tactic that didn't exactly yield grand results. Rob Bradford looks back on Theo Epstein's controversial strategy, and asks if it can work today. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)

Larry Lucchino says his club's early season success has vindicated the front office's offseason approach. (Victor Barbosa; WEEI.com)