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Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Matt Harvey, Matt Barnes

Today's links look at Boston and Toronto's divergent paths, the realities and mirages of the recent surge, and how a player has to look at this kind of situation.

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The Red Sox and Blue Jays were similar teams coming into the year. Obviously, things have gone a bit differently for the two clubs. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Boston is playing extremely well now, however. What part of this surge and real, and what's a mirage? (Chad Finn; Boston.com)

Ben Cherington must be upset to see his vision finally coming into focus. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

David Ortiz is only three homers away from 500, but it's no guarantee he'll get there this year. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)

Jen McCaffrey looks at the man in charge of making this group of outfielders the best they can be. (Jen McCaffrey; Masslive.com)

Is Matt Harvey a realistic offseason target? (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

The chances of the Red Sox making the playoffs are virtually nonexistent, but Dustin Pedroia has to play like there's still a chance. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

Matt Barnes will be rejoining the Red Sox, but not as a starter. (Jimmy Toscano; CSN New England)