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Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Craig Kimbrel, Eric Thames

In today’s links Mookie Betts is heating up and John Farrell is aggressive with his bullpen usage.

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Mookie Betts is slashing .324/.405/.622 since May began, meaning he is getting right back to where he was in 2016. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe)

Craig Kimbrel pitched 1 23 innings on Thursday and struck out five batters. John Farrell’s aggressive usage of his top reliever was no accident. (Christopher Smith; MassLive)

John Farrell and Milwaukee’s Eric Thames, he of the 13 home runs and mammoth start to the season, have a history, as Farrell was Thames’ first MLB manager. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

Blake Swihart is continuing to battle, this time as he comes back from injuries in the minor leagues. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

David Ortiz does not have any kind words for former Bobby Valentine in his new book. (Kevin Spain; USA Today)

Its only a matter of time before Carson Smith returns for the Red Sox. Tyler Thornburg’s return is a bit further off. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

The Red Sox have been wearing shirts and offering support for minor league pitcher Kevin Steen, who was severely injured in a car crash last month. (Chad Jennings; Boston Herald)

Are the Red Sox a legit playoff team or nah? Bleacher Report says they are legit. (Jacob Shafer; Bleacher Report)