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Daily Red Sox Links: J.D. Martinez, David Price, Matt Barnes

In today’s links, J.D. Martinez is a professional hitter and we look at the ups and downs of recent pitching performances.

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With J.D. Martinez posting a slash line of .306/.388/.543 with an OPS+ of 143 before Wednesday’s action, we are getting even more evidence than we need that he sure can hit. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

The final result wasn’t what the Red Sox wanted, but the six shutout innings they got from David Price on Tuesday are exactly what they are looking for from him. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

Speaking of Tuesday’s collapse, Matt Barnes can’t be the only guy who can get outs in the bullpen. (Chris Cotillo; MassLive)

For now, that’s the plan and Alex Cora is sticking to it. (Ryan Hannable; WEEI)

Let’s talk draft history. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic) ($$)

Terry Francona hasn’t been with the Red Sox for quite some time, but he may play a role with members of the organization very soon. (Chris Cotillo; MassLive)