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Daily Red Sox Links: Rick Porcello, David Ortiz, Fernando Abad

Today’s links look at how the Red Sox have come this far, the success of their highly paid players, and Christian Vazquez’s presence behind the plate.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

How in the world are the Red Sox (arguably) the favorites in the American League? (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

This team has been on another level this month. Can they carry this momentum into the postseason? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

The young core has obviously been huge for this team. However, most of the big-money players have also come through for Boston this year. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Rick Porcello and David Price are two of those big-money players, and they head a suddenly impressive rotation. How does it stack up to other championship rotations? (Nick Canelas; BP Boston)

David Ortiz says his impending retirement hasn’t really hit him yet. So, I have something in common with Ortiz. (CSN New England)

Christian Vazquez was behind the plate for Boston’s 23 strikeout performance, reminding you of what he can do defensively. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

Is Fernando Abad going to make the playoff roster? (Evan Drellich; Boston Herald)