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Daily Red Sox Links: Christian Vázquez, Chris Sale, Michael Chavis

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MLB: Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Vázquez is, improbably, growing into an important role on this Red Sox team. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

Designating Blake Swihart for assignment played a role in Vázquez’ surge, serving as a challenge to be better and take control of the position. (Justin Leger; NBC Sports Boston)

Jen McCaffrey has a look at how exactly Chris Sale has turned things around. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic) ($$)

No surprise here, but Dave Dombrowski feels good about this team now and in the future. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald)

Michael Chavis is part of said future, but for now he feels as though he’s not here to take Dustin Pedroia’s spot. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

As the Red Sox try to talk themselves into being fine as the year goes on, they can look to last year’s Dodgers. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) ($$)