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Daily Red Sox Links: Matt Barnes, Chris Sale, Dustin Pedroia

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The Red Sox bullpen struggled again on Friday, and it continues to show how important it is that their rotation performs in October. (Chris Cotillo; Masslive)

It was strange that Matt Barnes didn’t come in for that eighth inning last night. As it turns out, there was a reason for it. (John Tomase; WEEI)

In rotation news, the Red Sox are going to activate Chris Sale off the disabled list on Tuesday and they will be easing him back into action from there. (Ian Browne;

Meanwhile, Dustin Pedroia will unsurprisingly not return to the field in 2018. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

The expectation is that Pedroia will be back at second base in 2019, but that’s not really something you can plan on with no backup plan. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sport Journal) ($$)

Alex Cora wants Brandon Phillips to be as versatile as possible, so they are giving the veteran some work at first base. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

Ian Kinlser is starting to get going at the plate, and Jen McCaffrey breaks down how. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic) ($$)