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Daily Red Sox Links: Shane Victorino, John Farrell, Andrew Bailey

Today's links include stories regarding Shane Victorino's stellar defense, Jonny Gomes' opportunity to prove himself, and the anatomy of a Red Sox lineup.

Hannah Foslien

Shane Victorino hasn't been bad at the plate this year by any means, but his absences have been most noticeable on the defensive side of the game. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

On Saturday night, John Farrell met some criticism after he left Ryan Dempster in after throwing over 120 pitches when it was pretty clear he didn't have his best stuff for that game. (Peter Abraham;

In an interesting article, Evan Drellich discusses the fact that Clay Buchholz has more attempted pickoffs than any other pitcher this year, and there's likely little reason for him to be trying it so often. (Evan Drellich;

One of the big reasons Jonny Gomes is on this team is to hit left-handed pitching, and he'll get a chance to prove his worth in this area in the coming days. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald)

Many fans have had a problem with Bud Selig's hesitancy towards expanding instant replay in baseball, but it seems like he's finally changing his mind on that issue. (Associated Press; NESN)

Rob Bradford looks into the process of determining the Red Sox lineup day in and day out. (Rob Bradford;

Despite being tied with Baltimore, and trailing both Boston and New York, David Schoenfield believes the Rays are still the team to beat in the American League East. (David Schoenfield; ESPN Sweetspot Blog)

It seems as if Junichi Tazawa will have to wait even longer for his first save opportunity of the season, as Andrew Bailey is set to return to the active roster tonight. (Patrick Donnelly;