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Daily Red Sox Links: Brian Johnson, Dustin Pedroia, Mitch Moreland

Today’s links look at the plans for the rotation, trade deadline strategy and Jackie Bradley’s performance at the plate.

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Brian Johnson is going to start in place of Steven Wright on Thursday. This just came out as I’m writing this and no one has written a post yet so I’m just linking to a tweet here. Sue me. (Chris Cotillo; Twitter dot com)

As the Red Sox try to figure out their trade season strategy, they have to factor in that Dustin Pedroia and Tyler Thornburg are complete unknowns. (Evan Drellich; NBC Boston)

The most fun result of the trade deadline would be a scenario that lands Adrian Beltre back in Boston for the rest of the season. (Chad Finn;

Jackie Bradley Jr. has been bad at the plate all season (Tuesday notwithstanding) but believe it or not, he’s been doing things according to plan of late. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Mitch Moreland is hitting well again after a little bit of a downturn earlier this month. Is this is the real Mitch Moreland? And will he stand up? (Matt Kory; The Athletic) ($$)

Michael Chavis has been counting down the days until he can get back on the field after his PED suspension. He’s almost done counting. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)