Originally written February 16, 2013 on Ted's Army:
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. The first official day of full-squad workouts was rather uneventful here on the backfields at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. That just means everything went according to plan for manager John Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo. The team held its annual spring training meeting in the morning, and the session lasted 50 minutes before the players took the field. "Jonny looked great," Saltalamacchia said. "This is the second bullpen I've caught him this spring. All fastballs, which is great, and he's working on just keeping the ball down and commanding. I was trying to give him some feedback on how he was doing. You don't want to say 'great job' on every pitch even though every pitch was great." Aceves is being stretched out this spring as a starter because he'll represent Mexico in that role at the upcoming World Baseball Classic. "To represent your country, for me, it's something huge, man," he said. "Not too many people can play baseball, play in the field, can throw a baseball, can hit, can run. Not too many people can do it. I'm excited to take advantage of that." ESPN - Today's takeaways: Camp Farrell kicks off The Lester quote by Saltalamacchia was great and all, but do we really expect him to say anything different?  We're  going to hear nearly all positives coming out of camp, which is fine.  If there's one thing this team could use a heaping dose of, it's positivity.  They're excited.  We're excited.  It's exciting! What I find far more troubling is the news that Aceves is being stretched out simply for the World Baseball Classic.  I know that it's a big deal for a lot of players, and I have no issues with anybody participating.  But I'm not a fan of prepping a player to play a role in the Classic that he won't have with your club. Aceves, and Bard, were awful last year.  The one thing they had in common: Boston tried to stretch them out to be starters in the Spring.  They both had disastrous transitions back to the pen. I'm a big Aceves guy.  There aren't many pitchers like him, who can seemingly throw in any situation with no notice.  I want the Sox to do everything they can to ensure we get the 2011 Aceves, not the 2012 version. Maybe this time will be different.  Last Spring he was actually competing for a starting gig, this time he knows he's going to the pen.  He also shouldn't even come close to sniffing the Closer gig.  So maybe the mental approach won't be the same, and the transition to the pen will be smoother. It just makes me uneasy.  But, in Farrell We Trust. On Page 2, Iglesias Jose Iglesias was taking batting practice the other day when he launched a home run that cleared a Green Monster-sized fence at one of the back fields of the Red Sox’ spring training complex. Standing in the outfield, resident wisecracker Dustin Pedroia hollered that he never knew Iglesias could hit a ball so far. “To the moon!” Iglesias yelled back. [...] To that end, Iglesias bulked up this winter, adding about 10 pounds of muscle mass and shedding body fat. And although he spent most of the offseason at his home in Miami, he also traveled to Arizona for a week in December to work out with Pedroia. It was Pedroia’s idea. Over the past few years, he has developed a big brother/little brother relationship with Iglesias, challenging the shortstop to make the most of his ability. Herald - Jose Iglesias at croSSroads 95 coming in, 195 going out! Good write up on Iglesias by Scott Lauber, despite the stupid title. I won't ramble on about Jose (again), other than to say that this kid really wants it and I'm pulling for him. #FreeJose Rest of the links: Herald - Larry Lucchino’s underdog comment doesn’t fly | Globe - Manager John Farrell strikes the right tone with the Red Sox | Why we love Larry Lucchino | WEEI - Red Sox prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. and the art of fielding | Jonny Gomes vs. Cody Ross: A Red Sox free agent decision revisited
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giants shut out Pirates, advance to NLDS

Cowboys' Spillman accused of rape at team hotel

Report: Patriots benched WR for mouthing off to coach

Jose Bautista busts up reporter over Twitter

What to watch in the NL Wild Card game

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Larry Donnell benches himself in fantasy, loses because of it

Josh Gordon says NFL’s drug policy is harrassment

Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me

Rondo hoping for an opening night return from broken hand

Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Byron Scott explains why Kobe wouldn't make a good coach

WATCH: Mayweather shocked someone doesn’t know who he is

Who is the new face of MLB?

NHL 15 predicts the LA Kings win the Cup again

J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday

Ranking the NFL coaches already sitting on the hot seat

WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

Aaron Rodgers says smoking gesture a tribute to Jay Cutler

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

Jeter introduces 'The Players Tribune,' 'The Voice of the Game'

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Scott: Kobe would not be a good coach

Pats WR benched for mouthing off?

What to watch in the NL Wild Card game

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Donnell benches himself in fantasy and loses

Gordon: Drug policy is harrassment

Who is the new face of baseball?

Steve Smith blasts Panthers coach, GM

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.