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Daily Red Sox Links: Juan Nieves, David Ortiz, Henry Owens

Today's links look at Juan Nieves' firing, the pitching staff as a whole, and the lackluster defensive start.

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Ultimately, Juan Nieves paid the price for the poor performances in Boston's pitching staff. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe)

Unlike most of us, Nieves wasn't surprised by the decision. (Rob Bradford;

While the pitching coach will change, Ben Cherington says the rotation will stay the same for the time being. (Jimmy Toscano; CSN New England)

With all of this being said, how would one appropriately assign blame for the team's pitching woes. (Jeff Sullivan; Fangraphs)

Is it time for them to start thinking about ousting one of the starters? (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

It has been relatively gradual and quiet, but David Ortiz has been declining over the last few years. (Alex Skillin; BP Boston)

He still has an almost infinite amount of knowledge, however, and Pablo Sandoval will use that to his advantage. (Tom Layman; Boston Herald)

Has the Red Sox defense been costing the team wins? (Ken Woolums; ESPN Boston)

Ian Cundall provides an updated scouting report on Henry Owens. (Ian Cundall; Sox Prospects)

Jarrod Saltalamacchia signed with Arizona yesterday, but he was hoping to return to Boston. (Jen McCaffrey;