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Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Rick Porcello, Pedro Martinez

Today's links look at Mookie Betts place in the batting order, the rebuilding of the Red Sox rotation and the greatness of one Pedro Jaime Martinez.

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Like this edition of the Daily Links, Mookie Betts looks to start off the season for the Red Sox as their lead-off hitter. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

It certainly won't be recent acquisition Ryan Hanigan -- or Christian Vazquez, for that matter -- but they make up for it with their value as defensive catchers. (Jason Mastrodonato; MassLive)

None of it will matter if they can't find a strong enough starting rotation, however. But does that require an ace? What The Numbers Say Will Shock You... (Paul Swydan; Boston Globe)

... and if numbers aren't your thing, here's a close reading of song lyrics as a metaphor for the Red Sox offseason ... (Bill Chuck;

... which is good, because the prose part of the conversation seems to be seems to be going around in circles ... (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald)

... though, whether or not that's because of the differences in style between Ben Cherington and Theo Epstein remain unclear. (Braden Campbell;

What is clear, however, is that the team is working diligently to build a bullpen worthy of a champion. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Which, speaking of champions/heroes/demigods, the Boston BBWA has given Pedro Martinez the prestigious Judge Emil Fuchs memorial award. (Sam Galanis; NESN)