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Daily Red Sox Links: Jonny Gomes, Stephen Drew, Jose Iglesias

Today's links look at the success of the bullpen in their opening game on Monday, Stephen Drew's road back from his concussion, and some takeaways from the team's first victory of 2013.


One of the highlights of Boston's victory over the Yankees on Opening Day was the stellar performance by their bullpen, which they figure to be leaning on for the whole season. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Another strong-point from Monday's game was two good performances from two newcomers to this team. (Rob Bradford;

Stephen Drew took a big step in his recovery from a concussion, playing in an extended spring training game, while also being cleared to play again by MLB. (Peter Abraham;

Over at Hardball Times, Graham Womack takes an interesting look at how some Hall of Fame players' salaries would look today, adjusted for inflation. (Graham Womack; Hardball Times)

Unsurprisingly, Hunter Golden watched the game on Monday, and he even had some takeaways to share with everyone. (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)

With the recent explosion of extensions around the league, some people are declaring free agency as being dead. Dave Cameron explains why that isn't the case, and that it's just changing. (Dave Cameron; Fangraphs)

While Jackie Bradley received most of the highlights this spring, Jose Iglesias had a nice preseason himself, and continued it into Opening Day. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald)

Clayton Kershaw had himself a pretty decent start to the season. (Jon Weisman; Sports on Earth)