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Daily Red Sox Links: Kyle Kendrick, Trot Nixon, Tyler Thornburg

In today’s links Kyle Kendrick provides rotation depth, Trot Nixon is better than J.D. Drew and the bullpen needs to find a replacement for Tyler Thornburg.

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Even though Kyle Kendrick was assigned to Pawtucket, he pitched well in the spring and will be an important depth option for the Red Sox rotation. (Evan Drellich; CSNNE)

Andrew Benintendi lost a pound during spring training. Here’s why that’s a good thing. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Trot Nixon and J.D. Drew played the same position for the Red Sox and both put on some postseason heroics. But who was a better player for the cause? (Totally biased spoiler alert: It’s Nixon) (Chad Finn; Boston.com)

It’s World Series or bust for the Red Sox in 2017. Here’s another preview for the much-hyped season. (Dayn Perry; CBS Sports)

Allen Craig is still making coin despite being quite a disappointment. It’s puzzling too us, too, St. Louis. (Jeff Gordon; St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

With Tyler Thornburg officially starting the year on the DL, there is a setup man sized hole in the Red Sox bullpen. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

Jackie Bradley Jr. went to South Carolina. South Carolina is in the Final Four in men’s and women’s basketball. The Red Sox outfielder is not being shy about his school spirit. (Christopher Smith; MassLive)