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Daily Red Sox Links: Rick Porcello, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia

Today's links look at why Rick Porcello signed his extension, the irony of starting the year against Cole Hamels, and how the AL East looks to start the year.

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Whether or not you think Rick Porcello is worth his extension, this article he wrote explaining why he signed it is more than worth the read. (Rick Porcello; The Player Tribune)

Mookie Betts was not good when he first became a professional, and it's a big reason why he's so good now. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

How perfect was it that Betts and the Red Sox started the year off against Cole Hamels? (John Tomase;

That irony certainly wasn't lost on Clay Buchholz. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

Dustin Pedroia spent all spring talking about how he was healthy for the first time in a long time, and he went a long way towards proving it yesterday. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

You'd have been hard pressed to find a player more excited to get the season started yesterday than Shane Victorino. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Dave Cameron previews the American League East. (Dave Cameron; Fangraphs)