Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 7/21/13
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Mariano Rivera has jogged from the right-field bullpen to the Fenway Park mound a number of times in his 18-year career. He's probably never been greeted like he was by the rival Red Sox fans on Saturday. Rivera entered to a nice ovation and worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 31st save, closing out a strong effort by New York's pitchers that carried the Yankees to a 5-2 victory. Herald: Kuroda, Rivera key Yankees' 5-2 win over Red Sox In order to give his ace Jon Lester extra rest coming out of the all-star break, Red Sox manager John Farrell shuffled the pitching rotation, pushing Lester back two days to Tuesday, moving Ryan Dempster up to start on Sunday. The starter for Monday's series opener against Tampa Bay is still to be determined. "Just coming out of the break, just general wear and tear through the first half of the season," Farrell said. "We have an opportunity to give him a couple of extra days coming out of the break and two, he'll benefit from it." Globe: Lester's start pushed back to Tuesday Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was activated off the disabled list Saturday after missing 16 games with a right hamstring strain. Drew was batting eighth in Saturday's lineup. With the Sox due to face three more left-handers on this homestand, manager John Farrell said Drew may get a day off until he's back to every-day availability. To make room for Drew, the Sox optioned Brock Holt back to Pawtucket, Farrell praising him for his contributions and predicting he'll be back to help, but saying the club preferred Brandon Snyder's right-handed bat against lefties. ESPN Boston: Drew back at short, Holt to Pawtucket Clay Buchholz has thrown just 11 2/3 innings since May 22 and hasn’t thrown a pitch in a major league game since June 8. There is no end in sight to the wait for the Sox top starting pitcher to return, and those anticipating his return received grim news today, as the Red Sox may be sending Buchholz to Dr. James Andrews to receive a second opinion on his shoulder. “Anytime you hear the name Dr. James Andrews connected to a pitcher, it gives you pause,” said CSNNE.com Red Sox insider Sean McAdam, “because he is one of the most noted orthopedic surgeons in the country.” CSNNE: Buchholz may see Dr. Andrews This is obviously not your normal Morning Dump. It's one of those morning dumps after a night of Mexican food and there is a lot going on and we have to get all the news out. So, let's quickly recap each news story. Last afternoon/night's game sucked. It sucked because the Sox lost, and there were some terrible baserunning blunders. Lackey looked good, Thornton did not. There is still a chance to take the series. Is it a better chance to get the series with Dempster opposing Sabathia, rather than Lester? Probably. The Sox assured us that Lester's rescheduled start is not injury related and he is fine. We've heard stories like that before. Stephen Drew is back...yippee! Now all is well and we can lock in the World Series. Things felt incomplete before Stephen's injury,  and I wasn't sure what it was. Then he went down with the hammy, it clicked. A Drew has to miss some part of a season with a hamstring injury. And to our favorite story, Clay Buchholz. going from day-to-day, to maybe on the DL, to retroactively on the DL, to probably missing the rest of the season. Now he may be seeing Dr. Andrews. Though, I have a question. Why don't players go straight to Dr. Andrews if he is the best, instead of getting second opinions from him. Sure seems like it would save a lot of time. Let's see what he has to say...I doubt it will be good news to Boston. You thought we were all done... On Page 2, Pedey's extension possibly worth $100 million Your browser does not support iframes.    Reports surrounding contract extension talks between the Boston Red Sox and Dustin Pedroia have surfaced in the past couple of days. Rumors suggest that the Sox could be giving Pedroia upwards of $20-million per year, which would double his 2013 salary. But is Pedroia worthy of such a contract? Pedroia is one of the best, if not the best, all-around second baseman in baseball and is considered by many to be the de facto captain of the Red Sox. He has a two Gold Gloves, a Silver Slugger, a Rookie of the Year, an MVP Award, and a World Series ring to boot. But are these the attributes, and resume, worth a big contract extension, when the Sox have control over Pedroia through 2015? “You want Dustin Pedroia on your team,” said Lou Merloni on The Baseball Show, “and I think it’s worth it because he’s proven he can play in [the Boston] market.” CSNNE: Merloni: Pedroia 'worth' contract extension I agree 100% with Lou Merloni. Dustin Pedroia is worth every penny. Nothing to dislike about that potential contract offer. Now, for the stuff that didn't make the cut...The rest of the links: Globe: For Mariano Rivera, a special day at Fenway Park | Sox activate SS Drew from disabled list | ESPN Boston: Nava, Sox rue baserunning  miscues | Fenway honors Mo with standing O | WEEI: Jon Lester: Physical status 'nothing to worry about' | Why Clay Buchholz' visit to Dr. James Andrews might not be such a bad thing | Herald: No Lackof fight by new ace | Baserunning blunders cost Sox big time | Mariano Rivera brings goodwill tour to Fenway meeting | MLB Notes: Races heat up with the temperatures | As trade deadline looms, there could be an inner piece for Sox Mariano Rivera has jogged from the right-field bullpen to the Fenway Park mound a number of times in his 18-year career. He's probably never been greeted like he was by the rival Red Sox fans on Saturday. Rivera entered to a nice ovation and worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 31st save, closing out a strong effort by New York's pitchers that carried the Yankees to a 5-2 victory. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/mlb_coverage/2013/07/kuroda_rivera_key_yankees_5_2_win_over_red_sox?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20bostonherald/sports/baseball%20%28Red%20Sox%20%26%20MLB%20-%20BostonHerald.com%29#sthash.YL72C18Z.dpuf
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