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Daily Red Sox Links: Xander Bogaerts, Brock Holt, Carson Smith

Today's links look at the other end of the "bridge seasons," Clay Buchholz responding to critics and a former Red Sox pitcher running for office.

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Xander Bogaerts has been incredible this season, and there is even more room for improvement. That's terrifying. (John Tomase; WEEI)

Theo Epstein got ripped way back when for making "bridge season" comments, but it looks like all of that patience has paid off. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Brock Holt is going to take things slow coming back from the DL, which is always a good idea when dealing with head injuries. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Clay Buchholz hears all of the criticism and is ready to prove it wrong. (Evan Drellich; Boston Herald)

Were there some indicators that could've predicted Carson Smith's injury? (Troy Patterson; Fire Brand of the AL)

So, uh, Bill Lee is running for governor in Vermont. (AP)