Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 4/29/13
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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.  Nava has learned to play the Green Monster, but right field at Fenway is an entirely different challenge. In fact, the Red Sox signed Victorino because they wanted a right fielder who possessed both the range and arm of a classic center fielder. But Nava’s development into a better defensive player has allowed Farrell to breathe easy while Victorino has been sidelined. “It speaks a lot about what he’s done personally and the work he’s put in,” Farrell said. “I don’t even think twice about putting his name in the lineup. He’s a very good player.” Herald | Daniel Nava no longer a liability Nava has been tremendous this year. Now, granted, he started strong last year as well. In 2012, he registered a .900 OPS in May and an .892 in June before tapering off significantly. This year he's been even better -- .310/.407/.535 -- but there's a kicker: He's suddenly a really good outfielder. Pedigree or no, the 30-year old Daniel Nava is officially a good big-league player. He deserves to play somewhere. It will be interesting to see how the Sox handle him as the year progresses. When everyone's healthy, he'll presumably split time with Jonny Gomes (and probably be a defensive replacement now that he's proven he can do it).  But there's also Mike Carp, who is crushing the ball. And don't forget lord and savior Jackie Bradley Jr., who presumably will be back up with the Sox at some point this year (barring a setback).  Then again, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Who knows how the year will progress, not to mention whether Nava will keep it up. But right now, he's a legitimate player. On page 2, the Daniel Bard experiment is over (for the time being). Hanrahan threw a scoreless inning for Triple A Pawtucket Sunday, allowing a walk but consistently hitting 96 miles per hour with his fastball. Hanrahan walked the first batter he faced then retired the side. “Physically, I felt good,” Hanrahan told the Providence Journal. “Obviously, it didn’t start off right with the leadoff walk. I was a little jumpy, a little excited. I was able to step back, get things going. Overall, I felt good. That’s the main thing.” Globe | Daniel Bard demoted by Red Sox; Joel Hanrahan to return After a very rocky outing in which he walked two batters on nine pitches, Bard was sent back to Portland. He is still, obviously, a work in progress. It's good to see Joel Hanrahan is straightened around -- at least physically. And some of us weren't really believing he had any physical problems to begin with. The real test will be when he gets in a tough spot in the big leagues. Will he still be throwing 57-foot sliders, or will he pull it together? Herald | John Lackey's a good fit | Sox show strength in sweep of Astros | ESPNBoston | Lackey better than expected in return | John Lackey wins in return from DL as Red Sox sweep Astros | Pregame notes: Victorino still out | Hanrahan expected to replace Bard | Globe | Encouraging signs from Red Sox starter John Lackey in win over Astros | Red Sox don't let up, claim fifth straight win | CSNNE | Lackey's first win since 2011 more than Sox expected | Lackey earns first win as Sox beat Astros, 6-1 | David Ortiz and wife filing for divorce
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