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Daily Red Sox Links: Tyler Thornburg, Christian Vazquez, Daisuke Matsuzaka

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Today Tyler Thornburg goes to the DL, Christian Vazquez gets a roster spot and Dice-K tries a comeback.

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So Tyler Thornburg, one of the big pickups for the Red Sox this offseason, will begin the year on the DL, but Boston isn’t going to make any moves to replace him. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

Speaking of pitchers that aren’t going to be ready for opening day, David Price’s diagnosis may not have been season-ending, but his choice of a slow rehab instead of surgery might not work. (Evan Drellich; CSNNE)

The Red Sox are the favorite to win the AL Easy by most projections. Here’s a whole chat with science and numbers and math stuff to back it up. (Neil Paine, Emma Span and Dan Szymborski; FiveThirtyEight)

Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez are going to get the bulk of playing time at first base this year. Moreland is going to get most of the reps until Ramirez is fully healthy. (Christopher Smith; MassLive)

But the hope is that Ramirez will be able to play first in the opening week of the season. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

Blake Swihart still has some work to do before he is a “finished product.” (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Meanwhile, Christian Vazquez has made the opening day roster. It’s been a long road to that spot. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

The Red Sox are looking for a backup Wally. (Julia Guilardi; Boston.com)

Our old pal Daisuke Matsuzaka is trying to make a comeback in Japan. It’s not going super well. (Ben Watanbe; NESN)