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Daily Red Sox Links: Mike Napoli, Brandon Workman, Clay Buchholz

Today's links bring you stories on the hopeful return of Mike Napoli's bat, reasons for Stephen Drew playing over Xander Bogaerts, and a player who could and should be brought back next season.

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After a long-lasting struggle at the plate, it seems like Mike Napoli is poised to get back to being a middle-of-the-order bat. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

John Farrell defends Stephen Drew after calls of Xander Bogaerts getting more consistent starts at shortstop. (

Scott Lauber says that Brandon Workman is a rookie who is worthy of being put in big situations for the stretch run, plus more Red Sox notes. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

Though it has been the centerpiece of a lot of criticisms, Clay Buchholz says his rehab is going according to plan. (Alex Speier;

Peter Abraham shares some random thoughts on the team as we approach the final month of the season. (Peter Abraham;

Jarrod Saltalamacchia's contract is up after this season, but he has made a case for being re-signed for the next few years. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

Ben Lindbergh gives a lengthy analysis on Derek Jeter's oft-maligned defense. (Ben Lindbergh; Grantland)

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