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Daily Red Sox links: Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes

Today's links bring you stories from across the internet covering topics including Boston's tendency to leave runners on base, a reason for Jon Lester's rebound, and a look at pitch-framing.

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Last night notwitshstanding, the Red Sox offense has been sputtering as of late. As they search for a sparkplug to get them going, could they find one in Jacoby Ellsbury? (Alex Speier;

Amidst all the joy after the Punto Trade last season, the James Loney part of the deal was still something to be ridiculed. Well, he's lighting the world on fire with Tampa this season. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)

During this recent slump by the offense, runners being left on base has been a very frustrating side-effect. Brian MacPherson points out that it's not actually all that bad of a sign. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

If you enjoy baseball sim games, or are interested in trying one out, you may consider Out Of The Park Baseball 14, which received rave reviews from Hunter Golden, and I just so happen to be obsessed with it as well. (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)

Jon Lester has undergone a huge rebound this season after a rough 2012, and a resurgence of his fastball has been a big reason why. (Will Cohen; ESPN Boston)

Pitch framing has been one of the new frontiers being researched by sabermetricians recently, and while I tend to think they may be overvaluing it a bit, Ben Lindbergh's breakdown is a fascinating read. (Ben Lindbergh; Grantland)

In addition to Ellsbury's struggles in 2013, Jonny Gomes has also had a rough time at the plate. Their manager is keeping the faith in both of them, though. (Evan Drellich; Masslive)

This was supposed to be the year the Rangers finally took a step back towards the pack after being one of the AL's best teams over the past few years, but they're once again sitting among the elite. (John Bernhardt; Sports on Earth)