Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 9/13/13
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. Thursday night, when it came time to replace starter Jake Peavy, the Sox manager decided he needed to rest his usual corps of relievers — Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow, and Brandon Workman. Farrell decided Franklin Morales was going to be the closer, so he stayed away from him. He brought on Drake Britton, Rubby De La Rosa, and Matt Thornton. Farrell basically emptied his bullpen of excess relievers in one game. With Jacoby Ellsbury already out with a foot fracture, he also sat Shane Victorino to give his assorted back and hamstring injuries time to respond to treatment. While Farrell’s trying to win, he’s also trying to find out which of the relievers can help his team in the playoffs. If you can’t find out now, when can you find out? The Morales/Thornton debate comes into play when discussing the bullpen options. The fact that Morales was designated the closer Thursday says a lot. It says he’s ahead of Thornton on the depth chart. Both are veteran lefthanders. But it seems as if Farrell has more faith in not only Breslow at this point, but even Britton. A manager wants to win, rest his regulars, give players a chance to heal nagging injuries, and set up the bullpen and rotation all before the end of the season. Globe: John Farrell will have to manage players' breaks It's nice to take advantage of expanded September rosters, isn't it? Here's what I envision going forward. All the usuall suspects will start, but will start to be pulled in the 6th and 7th innings no matter the score. They got the division, it's over; not much to play for (except for 100 wins?). Also, you're going to start seeing Lester, Lackey, Peavy, and Doubront make their final starts of the year. I think Buchholz still needs tuning, so he will be out in full force. I could see them shifting Dempster to the back end of the bullpen, just to get him reacquainted.  Job well done boys. The youngsters will take it from here. Rest of the links: Globe: Red Sox fall to Rays to finish road trip | Globe: Mike Napoli meets all incentive requirements | Herald: Relievers try to find playoff groove | Herald: Jake Peavy, Sox 'will be OK' after taking hit from Rays | Herald: Mike Napoli's hip to big salary hike | WEEI.com: After X-rays, Jake Peavy said right wrist 'will be ok' | ESPNBoston.com: Sox will keep minding their own business |  
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