Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 6/29/13
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa) 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 inning started out promising, but in the end it was all too predictable with Andrew Bailey on the hill. The relief pitcher was sent out in last night’s seventh inning with the Red Sox holding a 5-4 lead on the Blue Jays. This was Sox manager John Farrell giving Bailey a chance to regain some confidence. It wasn’t an easy task facing the top of the Toronto lineup, and, at first, it looked like it would work. Bailey came out and looked like a new pitcher. His velocity was up, touching 95 and 96, as he got his fastball going and struck out Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista to start the inning. But it only took one fastball, thrown to Edwin Encarnacion, to erase everything. As soon as the Jays designated hitter made contact, the crowd knew. As the ball towered through the dark summer sky, Bailey watched as it landed in the center field bleachers, then bent over like he was struck in the stomach. It took one pitch to knock Bailey out of the game. One pitch for the Jays to tie the game. And one pitch to erase the positives. Such is life as a pitcher and that life has been a rough one for Bailey. Herald - Battered Andrew Bailey holds out hope The Sox won last night's game, their 49th victory on the year (tied with Pittsburgh for the most wins in baseball) so we don't need to stress too much over Bailey's inability to be good. In the short time he's held the role, Koji Uehara has been rock-solid as Boston's closer.  It's not often that a team has to rely on option C for closer duties, and it's even more rare that option C is as good as Koji.  We have Ben Cherington to thank for that.  I don't know that anyone is going to be disappointed if we have to roll with Uehara in the 9th over the final 1/2 of the season.  We're in good hands. So Bailey doesn't need to worry about trying to earn that job back.  He just needs to focus on getting guys out.  The Sox can be patient and wait for him.  They're finding ways to win games.  Role players are stepping up and contributing.  This is nowhere near a time to panic as far as Bailey is concerned. That all said, having another dependable late innings pitcher as the team makes a run at their division would be huge.  If Bailey has to be shut down, sent down, or just not counted on, I don't know too many people that are going to be confident that this bullpen can hold up for the next 4 months.  What you don't want to see is Cherington forced to trade some assets for a late year bullpen rental.  We're not there yet, but another month and a half of Bailey getting lit up and we just may be. Rest of the links: Herald - Jonny Gomes on the spot | Notebook: Stephen Drew hamstrung | Globe - Gomes puts Boston ahead in 7-5 win over Toronto | Drew hopes to miss only a few days | CSNNE - Webster settles in for six solid innings | Gomes' pinch-hit single saves the day | WEEI - Paul Pierce offers Dustin Pedroia a reminder: Staying with one team isn't always easy | Stephen Drew unsure how much hamstring will set him back
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Josh Gordon reinstated by NFL, suspended four games

49ers’ Anthony Davis officially applies for reinstatement

Jordan speaks out against shootings, donates $2 million

Report: Cromartie may be forced to retire due to hip issue

Greg Jennings announces retirement from NFL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Vikings OT Phil Loadholt retires after seven seasons in NFL

Report: Yankees, Cubs in 'final stages' of Chapman trade

Report: Fitzpatrick got ‘multiple contract offers’ from Jets

A-Rod: Ortiz deserves Fenway statue, street named after him

Report: Bosh's camp 'angry and suspicious of Heat's intentions'

JJ Watt pens dramatic letter to fans about back injury

Cubs to acquire Aroldis Chapman from Yankees

Aldon Smith denies appearing in video with marijuana blunt

Twitter signs deal with to stream live MLB and NHL games

Julian Edelman is dating Adriana Lima?

NFL reportedly determines Peyton Manning didn't use PEDs

KD, Draymond Green booed in L.A. during Team USA exhibition

Top storyline for each NFL team heading into training camp

Eight MLB veterans that need to be traded before deadline

Andre the Giant drank six bottles of wine before match?

Cristiano Ronaldo spars with Conor McGregor in gym

Adam Silver is the new standard-bearer for league commisioners

Iowa football player held at gunpoint by police while playing Pokemon Go

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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker