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Daily Red Sox Links: Jon Lester, John Lackey, Anthony Ranaudo

Today's links look at the end of the road for Boston's chances this season, the productive seasons on the farm, and John Farrell's thoughts about the All-Star Game's importance.

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We're pretty much at the point of hopelessness for the Red Sox, right? (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

After seeing the package Chicago got in return for their two best pitchers, could the Red Sox be more inclined to deal Jon Lester? (Harry Burnham; Fire Brand of the AL)

While the big league squad has struggled all year, the minor leaguers have had themselves a mostly terrific season. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)

Boston is still without an announced starter for Wednesday, and Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa are the most likely options. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

John Farrell agrees with most of us on the logic around the All Star Game determining who gets home field advantage in the World Series. (Jen McCaffrey; Masslive.com)

Over the weekend, John Lackey made some headlines with his comments - or lack thereof - about Orioles' outfielder Nelson Cruz. (Maureen Mullen; Boston.com)

There are a lot of young arms making a push for promotion, and you can add Anthony Ranaudo to that list. (Matt Huegel & Ian Cundall; ESPN Boston)