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Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Chris Sale, Alex Cora

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Mookie Betts hit for the cycle on Thursday. Here are some fun facts to know about his feat. (Manny Randhawa and Matt Kelly;

He joins this list of Red Sox players who have accomplished this before him, including a childhood favorite of yours truly. (Hayden Bird;

This team is on a historic pace, and one of the hardest jobs for Alex Cora will be to make sure no one gets complacent with all of the winning. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald)

Ramon Vazquez is Boston’s quality control coach, and he has a unique perspective on all of this having played for the 2001 Mariners that, of course, won 116 games before being eliminated in the ALCS. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Good news for the Red Sox: Chris Sale is set to return and his arm is feeling good. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

If you were to ask any reporter about this Red Sox team’s place in history, it’d be Peter Gammons. The longtime scribe says this may just be his favorite team of all time. (Peter Gammons; The Athletic) ($$)

Fans are certainly getting into it as well, with NESN’s ratings unsurprisingly spiking. (Chad Finn; Boston Globe)