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Daily Red Sox Links: Will Middlebrooks, Brandon Snyder, Stephen Drew

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Today's edition includes stories on Will Middlebrooks' demotion, Brandon Snyder's promotion, and the Yankees' commotion.

Gail Oskin

PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina offers Will Middlebrooks a way to recapture success. DiSarcina managed Middlebrooks in his professional debut season in 2008. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

Brandon Snyder, whom the Red Sox called up in favor of Middlebrooks, was actually surprised to hear about yesterday's promotion. (Kyle Brassuer; ESPNBoston.com)

Stephen Drew took some BP right-handed the other day, and Alex Speier found out that Drew was a switch-hitter from age 11 up until his freshman year of high school. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

Allen Webster will start on Friday, which will mark his fourth start in the majors. Boston is also trying to alleviate his first-inning problems. (Evan Drellich; MassLive.com)

Drellich also notes that David Ross won't be able to return from the disabled list until mid-August at the earliest. (Evan Drellich; MassLive.com)

We're roughly three months into the 2013 season and it's still anybody's ballgame in the AL East. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Fire Brand of the AL released its mid-season top 15 Red Sox prospect list. Spoiler: Xander Bogaerts is number one. (Chip Buck and co; Fire Brand of the AL)

Last season, the Red Sox had text-gate with Kelly Shoppach. This year, the Yankees have Twitter-gate with Alex Rodriquez, whom Brian Cashman told to shut the front door. (Drew Silva; Hardball Talk)