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Daily Red Sox Links: Kyle Kendrick, Xander Bogaerts, Sam Travis

Today’s links look at Boston’s ability to make good contact, Hanley Ramirez’ preparation for 2017, and an update on Boston players with respect to the WBC.

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Teeter looks at the Boston lineup’s ability to make hard contact. (Chris Teeter; BP Boston)

Kyle Kendrick hasn’t just been impressing fans this spring. He’s gone from a long-shot depth piece to a legitimate major-league option in the coaches’ eyes, too, thanks to his recent performance. (Evan Drellich; Boston Herald)

Stan Grossfeld meets up with Hanley Ramirez as the slugger gets set for his bigger role in 2017. (Stan Grossfeld; Boston Globe)

Xander Bogaerts and the Netherlands are going to the semifinals, meaning the shortstop will miss even more of camp. Despite that, there’s no need to worry about his status for Opening Day. (Dick Scanlon;

Speaking of the WBC, Eduardo Rodriguez had a chance to join Team Venezuela, but he declined the offer. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Sam Travis has impressed everyone with his bat the last two springs, but he still has a bit of work to do with the glove. (Jen McCaffrey; Masslive)

The Red Sox coaching staff has plenty of familiarity with each other thanks to their time together 24 years ago. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)