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Daily Red Sox Links: Alex Cora, Matt Barnes, Garrett Whitlock

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MLB: Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday’s matchup against the Pirates was a big one for Alex Cora, not because of anything on the field but rather because he got to reunite with his brother Joey. The Red Sox manager talked about that and what his brother meant to him in his year away from the game. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

Cora also discussed the closer battle taking place between Matt Barnes and Adam Ottavino. To this point, the manager isn’t tipping his hand on which way he’s leaning. (Steve Hewitt; Boston Herald)

Cora did, however, pass along some praise for what he’s seen from Barnes this year. He also had nothing but good things to say about Rule 5 pick Garrett Whitlock. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

Nathan Eovaldi agrees with the Whitlock praise. (Sean T. McGuire; NESN)

Steven Wright is back in baseball, as he agreed to a minor-league deal with the Pirates, reuniting with Ben Cherington. (Jesse Pantuosco; WEEI)