Found April 12, 2012 on Ted's Army:

Sam-Sad-ClownLGEvery 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.

They have lost five out of six games.

Their worst nightmare - a poor start following a 7-20 September and a 2-10 start last season - has come true.

The energy that Bobby Valentine brought to spring training has dulled, though this is nowhere near the malaise of a year ago.

The question remains, as it did last September: “How do we win a baseball game?’’

Seven and 20 has turned into 8-25 since last Sept. 1. Is coming home to play the Rays, Rangers, and Yankees a good thing?

“Nobody wants to win more than we do,’’ said Kevin Youkilis following Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays. “This is our livelihood. We want this more than anyone.’’

We believe him.

One of the differences between this season’s poor start and last season’s poor start is that very desire.

Last year’s team began the season with severe lethargy. This year’s team has more energy but hasn’t had the luck and the execution, and the pitching and hitting have not yet been in synch.

Globe:They aren't helpless

Leave it to Cafardo to find something positive out of this dismal start to the season. He is right. When David Ortiz is trying to steal bases in order to manufacture a run, you know the effort is there.

At least the team is showing some frustration. Lester, who has to be the most frustrated after throwing two straight gems yet has nothing to show for it, has said that this team isn't dogging it. The only positive is that there hasn't been any excuses for their stumbling, which is some progress. Maybe they just need to get back to Fenway to get a winning streak going. Here's hoping that home cooking will change their luck.

Rest of the Links: Globe:They aren't helpless | For Lester, only frustration | Herald: Intimidation factor gone | Gonzalez frustrated by failings| Borrow from Morrow  | CSNNE:  The Sox continue to struggle |  Lester gem once again ends in defeat | Romero, Blue Jays shut down Sox, 3-1 | WEEI: Sox fall to 1-5 | Sox start feels different than '11 |  Valentine loses patience with D&C


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