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Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Mookie Betts, Sandy Leon

I never tire of talking about the soon to be 2018 Cy Young Award winner. Plus Betts is helping adjust what we see from leadoff hitters and Leon is more valuable than you realize.

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MLB: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

After Thursday’s off day, let’s get right to the links and then back to Red Sox baseball later tonight when they face the Tampa Bay Rays.

Chris Sale didn’t need to improve but he did any way. (Zach Kram; The Ringer)

Mookie Betts is at the forefront of the changing leadoff hitter movement. (Craig Edwards; FanGraphs)

Sandy Leon was a key part of Tuesday’s win over the Phillies. He’s been a part of plenty of other wins as well. (Matthew Kory; The Athletic) ($$)

A lot of that has to do with the trust the entire pitching staff has in the veteran backstop. (Julian Benbow; Boston Globe)

Pawtucket is going to lose the PawSox. (Joe McDonald; The Athletic) ($$)

Speaking of Pawtucket, how is Rusney Castillo doing? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Stolen bases have become a bigger part of the Red Sox’s game under Alex Cora. (Hayden Bird;