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Daily Red Sox Links: Jacoby Ellsbury, Will Middlebrooks, Stephen Drew

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Today's edition includes links on the difficulty of replacing Jacoby Ellsbury, how Middlebrooks turned his season (and possibly his career) around, and a verbal argument between two AL East managers.

Jared Wickerham

Replacing Jacoby Ellsbury's productivity will be no easy take for the Red Sox. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)

Will Middlebrooks attributes his recent offensive tear to an alteration in his batting stance, which began in late July. (Evan Drellich;

Ben Carsley examines what the Red Sox may potentially lose if they let Stephen Drew walk this offseason. (Ben Carsley; Fire Brand of the AL)

Alex Speier explains the blueprint for a deep playoff run by the Red Sox, which starts with their rotation. (Alex Speier;

How good are these Red Sox? SO GOOD. SO GOOD (so far). (Tim Briton; Providence Journal)

Boston's coaches have undergone a maturation process similar to those players they oversee. (Evan Drellich;

It's almost a given Dan Butler won't be suiting up for Boston this season, but that's okay since he's leading the PawSox to playoff glory. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

If memory serves me correctly, ESPN's E:60 has covered Carl Crawford and Ryan Westmoreland during their times with the Red Sox. Add one more Red Sox to their archives. ( Staff)

Buck Showalter and Joe Giradi had some issues with one another yesterday, and both had to be restrained by an umpire. (Matthew Pouliot; Hardball Talk)

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