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Daily Red Sox Links: Alex Cora, J.D. Martinez, Dustin Pedroia

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It sounds hyperbolic but it really isn’t: The Red Sox are playing like the worst team in baseball right now. (John Tomase; WEEI)

Alex Cora, for his part, isn’t going to use the World Series hangover excuse. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

Being in Arizona means it’s a return for J.D. Martinez to the place where he really became comfortable sharing his vast hitting wisdom. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) ($)

The slugger looks back fondly on his short time in the desert and would have happily gone back in free agency. (Jesse Sanchez; MLB.com)

Meanwhile, down in the minors, Dustin Pedroia is looking good in A-Ball on his rehab assignment. (Andrew Mahoney; Boston.com)

Speaking of the farm system, the man in charge of it all breaks it down. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) ($$)

The minor-league season just got underway, and Sox Prospects has some All-Stars from the system on the hitting side. (Connor Sullivan; Sox Prospects)