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Daily Red Sox Links: Drew Pomeranz, Joe Kelly, Alex Cora

Today’s links look at Drew Pomeranz’ imminent return to the major-league rotation, the early season run by the Red Sox and Hector Velazquez’ future role.

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MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at St. Louis Cardinals Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox rotation has already been phenomenal this year, and later this week they are expecting to get Drew Pomeranz back, and he’s arguably their third-best starter. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

The five-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing is on Monday, and two victims point to their relationship with the Red Sox as a way they’ve been able to go through the healing process. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic) ($$)

Joe Kelly came into Friday’s game for his first time on the mound since the fight against the Yankees, and you could say fans were happy to see him. (Nik DeCosta-Klip;

It’s tempting to poo-poo the Red Sox’ hot start, at least to a degree, based on competition and small samples, but don’t do it. (Evan Drellich; NBC Boston)

Christopher Smith argues that Hector Velazquez deserves a shot in the bullpen when the rotation returns to full health. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

Alex Cora has had a highly successful start to his Red Sox tenure, and part of that is due to his familiarity with the team coming into the year. (Adam Kurkjian; Boston Herald)