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Daily Red Sox Links: Junichi Tazawa, Jose Iglesias, Jacoby Ellsbury

This edition of the Daily Links has stories about the back of Boston's bullpen, an old friend having great success this season, and some optimism regarding the team's current slide.

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Around the middle of last season, Junichi Tazawa burst onto the major-league scene and showed he can hang with the best hitters in the world. Now, the team is all-in on him as the back of their bullpen is currently in shambles. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

Speaking of the broken bullpen, it seems as if Andrew Bailey's return is approaching, as he made the next step in his rehab yesterday. (Peter Abraham; Boston.com)

It was somewhat well-publicized that Jose Iglesias was benched down in Pawtucket for unknown reasons, and now manager Gary DiSarcina has given further explanation. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Jason Collette gives us all the depressing reminder that old friend Mark Melancon has had a very good start to the season in Pittsburgh. (Jason Collette; ESPN Sweetspot Blog)

Despite the recent struggles, Sean McAdam reminds us all that the Red Sox aren't as bad as they've been playing. (Sean McAdam; CSN New England)

Over at Baseball Prospectus, Colin Wyers runs through some problems with the WAR stat in a fantastic article. (Colin Wyers; Baseball Prospectus)

One of the most talked-about players coming into the season, Jacoby Ellsbury is still searching for anything resembling the production he showed in 2011. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

The Yankees have suffered through some major injuries this year, but one of their big bats returned to action last night. (Aaron Gleeman; Hardball Talk)