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Daily Red Sox Links: Mike Napoli, Anthony Ranaudo, Brayan Villarreal

Today's links include stories on the prospects of Mike Napoli ending his slump and notes from the debuts of two PawSox pitchers.

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Mike Napoli thinks he has left his slump behind him. The first baseman sat in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays. (Rob Bradford;

The Red Sox did lose to the Blue Jays on Thursday, but one positive stemmed from the defeat. (Evan Drellich;

Anthony Ranaudo didn't have his best stuff in his McCoy debut on Thursday, but he grinded through. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

On Wednesday, Brayan Villarreal made his organizational debut after he was traded to Boston from Detroit in the Jake Peavy trade. He didn't disappoint. (Tim Healey;

Jack Keller examines what the Red Sox might do at first base next season. (Jack Keller; Fire Brand of the AL)

Daniel Nava is in favor of extended replay, but respects the role the umpires play in baseball. (Mark Polishuk;

A former Red Sox pitcher is set to create an elite 18-and-under softball team with hopes of competing on a national level. (Mark Daniels; Boston Herald)

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