Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 7/20/13
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. Upon returning from the All-Star break yesterday, the Red Sox learned ace starter Clay Buchholz is no closer to pitching again. They lost another late-inning reliever, this time Andrew Bailey, to an injury that almost surely will require season-ending surgery. And once again, right fielder Shane Victorino was felled by the hamstring that won’t heal. But they won anyway. Eleven days before the trade deadline, the only thing increasing with the same frequency as the Red Sox’ list of needs is their league-leading win total. Victory No. 59 came last night, 4-2, over the lineup of no-names disguised as the Yankees, and it happened with Felix Doubront pitching like a front-of-the-rotation starter and lefty Craig Breslow handling the set-up duties for closer Koji Uehara. Even Miss Cleo wouldn’t have foreseen that in spring training. Herald - These Sox hurt so good This is why this Sox team is so fun to watch and so easy to root for.  What a stark contrast to last season. Some of the guys you thought you could count on, like Lester, have been a complete letdown.  But the players you hoped simply wouldn't be awful are absolutely shining.  Lackey, Iglesias, Doubront, Nava, etc. etc. etc.  There's no shortage of feel-good storylines surrounding this team.  Gone are the multitude of overpaid, underperforming, unhappy "stars".  They've been replaced with guys that are simply playing ball and having fun doing it.  Oh, and winning.  They are winning baseball games.  Funny how that all correlates.  But the injuries are piling up, and at some point you have to expect that the dam is going to burst.  It's one thing for these guys to scrap some wins together in the middle of summer.  It's another thing entirely to expect these games to do the same thing in October.  That said, if there's one thing this team has shown it's that they don't live down to everyone else's expectations.  The next man up, whoever that has been, has performed.  That's the key to making it through these 162 game seasons.  We're more than halfway there.  If they can just keep it up a little longer, we don't need to worry about mortgaging the future for someone like Cliff Lee.  I'd rather live and die with this team than bring in some other "stars".  It's much more fun. Rest of the links: Herald - With Clay out, time to get Lee | Globe - Red Sox open second half with 4-2 win over Yanks | Victorino questionable after tweaking hamstring | WEEI - Pedroia: Contract extension 'would be great' | Doubront dazzles as Sox beat Yankees | How might Red Sox handle injuries and uncertainty? History offers a guide | CSNNE - Do the Red Sox need to acquire a closer? | Doubront keeps on rolling
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