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Daily Red Sox Links: Xander Bogaerts, Rusney Castillo, David Ortiz

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Today's links look at Xander Bogaerts' hot streak, the emotional status of Rusney Castillo and David Ortiz's contract extension.

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It's reached the point where the most exciting news about the team is that L.L. Bean will be selling tote bags made of the 2013 tarp. Feel the championship pride! (Steve Silva; Boston.com)

But the future seems bright, as the team uses the last two weeks to start planning for 2015. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe)

Some of that is that they can finally let go of any hopes of defending their championship. (Jonah Keri; Grantland)

Some of it is the performance of players like a resurgent Xander Bogaerts, whose success John Farrell attributes to being "relaxed". (Jason Mastrodonato; Masslive)

Not to mention what appears to be the smartest extension in team history, which they gave to David Ortiz. At least according to Big Papi himself. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

And then there's Rusney Castillo, who is apparently is neither an island or a rock. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)

Finally, here's an inside look at fancy new technology that may be used to broadcast Red Sox games in the future. (NESN Coordinating Director Michael Narracci; NESN)