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Daily Red Sox Links: Ben Cherington, Xander Bogaerts, Matt Barnes

Today's links bring you stories on how well Ben Cherington's last calendar year has been, the fall-from-grace of a former top prospect, and a look at Matt Barnes' season.

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With the makeover he gave this roster over the winter, Ben Cherington could be looking at some hardware for his efforts. (Mike Salk;

Chad Finn outlines his case for the Red Sox calling up Xander Bogaerts now to become the everyday third baseman. (Chad Finn;

Lars Anderson, once a highly-touted prospect in Boston's farm system, was recently released by the White Sox organization. It's been a long, strange road for Anderson. (David Schoenfield;

Former Red Sox outfielder Gabe Kapler has recently taken to the writing game, and his latest guest piece for Baseball Prospectus is fantastic. (Gabe Kapler; Baseball Prospectus)

Matt Barnes was arguably the best pitching prospect in the system coming into the season. While he's been inconsistent in 2013, he has shown some flashes of brilliance. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

In Monday's loss in Houston, the Red Sox were owned in the 9th by a familiar face. (Evan Drellich;

John Lackey took a nasty fall in Monday's game, but he won't let the injury faze him. (Jordan Godwin; ESPN Boston)

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