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Daily Red Sox Links: John Lackey, Jackie Bradley, Matt Thornton

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Today's links look at why the Red Sox held of on celebrating last night, how Ben Cherington has done in his trades for this season's team, and the symbol of the 2013 Red Sox's turnaround.

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The Red Sox clinched a playoff berth last night, but they decided to hold off on celebrating. For now. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Matt Thornton won't take it personally if he's left off the playoff roster, but that doesn't mean he won't be upset. (Evan Drellich;

How has Ben Cherington done on the trade market? (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)

It's been a season of redemption for John Lackey, and that seemed to reach its peak last night. (Peter Abraham;

Speaking of Lackey, he's been the perfect symbol for this entire, unlikely season. (Alex Speier;

Along with Lackey, the other hero from last night's game was Stephen Drew, another player who dealt with much initial criticism in Boston. (Kyle Brasseur; ESPN Boston)

It's been a rough rookie season for Jackie Bradley, specifically offensively, but with the injuries in the outfield, he may be needed in the postseason. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)