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Daily Red Sox Links: Alex Cora, Matt Barnes, Bobby Poyner

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Alex Cora and the Red Sox were hoping to push the Astros and make a statement in this series. After dropping the first two games, they’ve failed to come through on that. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe)

This month seems like it will be used as an audition period with the Red Sox trying to figure out how they’ll fill out their playoff roster. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic)

There is no timetable on Matt Barnes’ return, but for now they don’t want him back in game action until the inflammation in his hip goes down. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

Behind the plate, Cora is making some adjustments to how he is using his catchers as he tries to find the optimal combination. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Bobby Poyner was impressive on Saturday, and he could be making a good enough impression to garner consideration for the playoff roster. (Chris Cotillo; Masslive)

Sean McAdam predicts the ultimate playoff roster, and whether or not Dave Dombrowski will rue the day he opted not to upgrade the bullpen. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) ($$)