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Daily Red Sox Links: Jackie Bradey, Daniel Bard, Ryan Dempster

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Today's links include stories on David Ortiz's return, Jackie Bradley's path to the Red Sox organization, and Ryan Dempster's first start.

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After a miserable two years, a new group of players led by Jackie Bradley is reenergizing the entire fan base. (Jackie MacMullan; ESPN Boston)

Daniel Bard is back down in Double-A for now, and he and his old pitching coach are looking to work out the kinks and get him back to his old self. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

The lineup is currently missing a major piece in David Ortiz, but the team is aiming for his return in three weeks. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

It's only been two games, but the Red Sox have gotten off to a good start. They could even be the most improved team from last year. (Manny Acta; ESPN.com)

The Blue Jays are a trendy pick to make a run this year after their eventful offseason. However, does history indicate this being a likely outcome? (Grant Brisbee; Baseball Nation)

Alex Speier has a great piece about Jackie Bradley's path to Boston, and how he could've easily ended up on the other side of the rivalry. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

There will be a lot of mocking of the Astros this season, but as Jay Jaffe points out, they're taking the right approach to rebuild their team. (Jay Jaffe; Sports Illustrated)

Ryan Dempster was the one starting pitcher the Red Sox brought in this offseason, and he is anxious to make his debut. (Julian Benbow; Boston.com)