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Daily Red Sox Links: Rick Porcello, David Price, David Ortiz

Today’s links look at what’s launched this team, their odd run since 2011, and David Ortiz’s connection with Al Hordford.

Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Scott Lauber looks at the biggest factors that allowed the Red Sox to once again go worst-to-first. (Scott Lauber; ESPN)

Now that they are officially going to be playing in an ALDS, it’s official that Rick Porcello will be starting a Game 1. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald)

It’s been five years since the heartbreaking 2011 season. Brett Cowett looks back at how far this team has come since then. (Brett Cowett; BP Boston)

David Price’s fatal flaw this year has been the long ball. Unfortunately, that’s also been his biggest issue in October. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Drew Pomeranz isn’t too concerned about his forearm soreness, and he believes he can play a bullpen role in the playoffs. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

David Ortiz has received a bunch of gifts this year. How much are they worth? (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Even the newest Celtic, Al Horford, has a connection with Ortiz. (Sam Galanis; NESN)

Theo Epstein has had tons of success since leaving Boston, and he’s earned himself a massive extension in Chicago. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)