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Daily Red Sox Links: John Farrell, Will Middlebrooks, Matt Thornton

Today's links look at the avoidance of the major distractions that were suffered through a year ago, the last few spots on the playoff roster, and the race with Oakland for the AL's best record.

Jim Rogash

Doing what the 2012 Red Sox couldn't, John Farrell helped manage this team without any of the major distractions that have been around in more recent years. (Rob Bradford;

It's been an eventful year for Will Middlebrooks, but he made it through the ups and downs to become a key member of a playoff team. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

John Farrell still isn't sure how the last few spots of the playoff roster will work themselves out, and that includes the fate of Jackie Bradley. (Evan Drellich;

Manny Machado, who had what looked like a gruesome leg injury on Monday, received some relatively good news on the injury yesterday. (Drew Silva; Hardball Talk)

Speaking of the playoff roster, Matt Thornton is another guy who finds himself on the bubble. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

The division is already locked up, but the Red Sox are still fighting hard for home-field advantage. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

With the home-field race possibly getting complicated, here are the tiebreaker rules, explained by Tim Britton. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

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