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Daily Red Sox Links: John McNamara, Phillips Valdez, Jon Lester

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New York Mets vs Boston Red Sox Game 7 World Series. Boston Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

John McNamara passed away on Tuesday. McNamara managed for six teams in his MLB career, including parts of four seasons with the Red Sox. (Dan Shaughnessy; The Boston Globe)

Dan Shaughnessy wrote about McNamara’s painful memories of game six of the 1986 World Series. (Dan Shaughnessy; The Boston Globe)

Phillips Valdez has had a nice first few games of the 2020 season. (Christopher Smith; MassLive)

But the Red Sox are still in need of some serious help on the mound. Perhaps old pal Jon Lester could lend a hand in the future. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Mike Foltynewicz presents a more immediate solution. (Ricky Doyle; NESN)

Foltynewicz wouldn't solve any of Boston’s woes at the plate, unfortunately, but Ron Roenicke is experimenting to find the right approach. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic)

Finding ways to stay safe is a higher priority than fixing the bullpen or the batting order. (Chris Cotillo; MassLive)

Chad Jennings laments the potential loss of those rare moments when a Red Sox pitcher has had to swing a bat. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic)