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Daily Red Sox Links: Rick Porcello, Mookie Betts, Sandy Leon

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Today’s links look at how well the starting pitching has been lately, Craig Kimbrel’s control issues, and the scheduling problem.

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The Red Sox have been playing much better lately, and much of that is owed to improved performance from the rotation. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

One of those pitchers is Rick Porcello, who is looking more and more like the real deal. (Matt Collins; BP Boston)

Opposing pitchers are starting to treat Mookie Betts like the great hitter he’s shown himself to be. (Jeff Sullivan; Fangraphs)

Is Sandy Leon a legitimate number one catcher? (Steve Buckley; Boston Herald)

Craig Kimbrel is also frustrated by how off-and-on (mostly off) his control has been this year. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

The Red Sox lost yesterday, but don’t expect them to use their travel schedule as an excuse. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

For their part, the Tigers say there’s nothing malicious in their lack of adjustment to the schedule. (Katie Strang; ESPN)