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Daily Red Sox Links: Steve Pearce, Dustin Pedroia, Tyler Thornburg

Today’s links look at the state of Red Sox/Yankees, Blake Swihart’s trade market and Austin Maddox’ confidence.

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With a fairly important series going on this weekend, Alex Speier compares the Red Sox and Yankees. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Evan Drellich, meanwhile, wonders if this series is Boston’s last chance to get an edge over their rivals. (Evan Drellich; NBC Boston)

Steve Pearce made his Red Sox debut on Friday, and before the game he revealed that the team was his favorite growing up. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

As Blake Swihart still struggles for playing time, the Red Sox are back to shopping him on the trade market. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) ($$)

Dustin Pedroia and Steven Wright have the same surgeon, and he is optimistic about their chances of coming back. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) ($$)

Although his rehab outings have been wildly inconsistent, Tyler Thornburg still represents real upside for the bullpen. (Stephen Hewitt; Boston Herald)

Similarly, Austin Maddox believes he will be able to make a real impact at some point in 2018. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)