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Daily Red Sox Links: Eduardo Rodriguez, Jarren Duran, J.D. Martinez

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

There is obviously not a whole lot of optimism around the Red Sox this season coming off of last year’s disaster. But if you ask the players, including Eduardo Rodriguez, they’ll tell a difference story. (Ian Browne; MLB.com)

Part of the positives for this season for Red Sox fans will be seeing the next generation of contributors coming up. On that note, Jarren Duran SZN is here, and I’m here for it. (Peter Gammons; The Athletic)

Among the keys for the team if they are indeed going to surprise people is getting some bounce backs from players who struggled last summer. Among those players, J.D. Martinez may be at the top of the list. (Christopher Smith; Mass Live)

Between his performance at the Alternate Site and then in winter ball, Duran has gotten a lot of hype. Don’t forget about Jeter Downs, though.. (Jonathan Mayo; MLB.com)

Here’s a scary story of how an acupuncture accident almost ruined Hirokazu Sawamura’s career. (Tom Westerholm; Boston.com)