Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 8/26/14
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 Red Sox have now lost six of their last seven games on the heels of last night's defensive blunders versus the Twins. The Red Sox have proven they can win as frontrunners. But now that we know they won’t be going wire-to-wire atop the American League East, it’s time to see if they’re mentally tough. They’re currently experiencing their first bout with adversity, though it’s by no means paralyzing. They’ve placed two closers on the disabled list, endured scrutiny of Clay Buchholz’ skincare choices, and defended David Ortiz against a columnist’s suggestion that he’s using steroids. They’ve also concurrently lost 6-of-7, including a 5-3 setback to the Twins last night that swung on John Lackey’s throwing error. The Red Sox are being tested, but if they think this is real adversity, they may as well just forfeit the rest of the season, because this barely registers as a blip on the EKG, particularly when compared to the trials of their division rivals. The Yankees opened with over half a billion dollars worth of talent on the disabled list. They then watched a number of their replacements succumb to injury. But even without Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson — not to mention Kevin Youkilis, Francisco Cervelli and Joba Chamberlain — the New Yorkers have found a way to claim a percentage-point lead in the division. Typical of their early efforts: they won a one-run game this week at Colorado with their pitcher batting eighth and Gold Glove outfielder Vernon Wells playing third base for the first time in his life and recording a key out in the ninth inning. That’s adversity and a half, and the Yankees haven’t wilted. Can the Red Sox do the same? Herald: Can Sox take the heat? We all know of the hot start the Red Sox got off to this season. Fans were beyond impressed and many eyes were opened as to the miraculous turnaround of this team. However, most of us knew that the winning ways couldn't continue at the pace they were playing in April. Many thought a slump may be coming and had Texas circled on the schedule as a possibility, which came to fruition. But the Twins? At home? Come on guys! The fact that fifteen runs were allowed the other night to this offense is atrocious. The errors and boneheaded plays (cough, cough Lackey) was the icing on the cake to this slump. But that's what every team in baseball does. They slump; it's only normal. It will be interesting to see if this club can overcome such adversity. Let's hope they do so before June comes around, where they have their hardest stretch of the year. Otherwise, they could be in trouble. Rest of the links - Globe: Defense springs a leak | Globe: Hanrahan place on 60-day disabled list; season in doubt | Herald: John Lackey error opens floodgates; Sox end up all wet | Herald: Will Middlebrooks, David Ross back off close encounter | Herald: Papi’s bat still painful to Twins | Herald: Sox tagged with bad momentum | CSNNE.com: Red Sox undone by Lackey's error | Projo: Finding a good closer can be a mental exercise

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