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Daily Red Sox Links: J.D. Martinez, Matt Barnes, Steve Pearce

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MLB: Colorado Rockies at Boston Red Sox Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Remember when Happy Gilmore learned how to putt? That’s like when J.D. Martinez starts to heat up for the Red Sox. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

With what we’re seeing from Martinez now, we’re being reminded of how important he is to this team. John Tomase argues it’s time to address his future here. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

Matt Barnes hasn’t been perfect this year and will give up runs here and there, but even when that happens Alex Cora is still using his best reliever the right way. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) ($$)

Marcus Walden has emerged as the team’s second most productive reliever, and Rob Bradford has the story on how. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Things still have not turned around for Steve Pearce, and that could be an issue with a potential roster crunch coming. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic)

Bobby Dalbec got off to a rough start, but he’s looking better for Portland of late. Alex Cora is noticing. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)