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Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Carson Smith, Dustin Pedroia

Today’s links look at the importance of Boston’s bullpen, Craig Kimbrel’s usage and potential new jobs for Gary DiSarcina.

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If the Red Sox are going to beat the Astros in this ALDS, they will likely have to rely on their bullpen. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Carson Smith should be a part of that bullpen (though nothing is official yet), and he is extremely ready to get started. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

In more bullpen news, John Farrell isn’t tying Craig Kimbrel to the ninth. (John Tomase; WEEI)

Chris Sale seems pretty ready to get things going. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

Sale will be facing off against Justin Verlander in what should be an outstanding Game One pitching matchup. The Red Sox need to be patient. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Dustin Pedroia has been hampered by his knee injury, but he’s never had doubts about playing in the postseason. (Scott Lauber; ESPN Boston)

Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina is focused on the playoffs, but he is starting to get some love for open managerial jobs, too. (Evan Drellich; CSN New England)