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Daily Red Sox Links: Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Barnes, Xander Bogaerts

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports

Eduardo Rodriguez, who was recently scratched from his scheduled Opening Day start, says he feels strong after his most recent bullpen on Sunday. (Chris Cotillo; Mass Live)

The Red Sox got some more bad news on Saturday, though, as Matt Barnes tested positive for COVID-19 while Matt Andriese is also out for now due to contact tracing. (Ian Browne;

Xander Bogaerts can opt out following next season, leading to some speculation about a possible extension. For his part, the shortstop expects to be on a competitive Red Sox team for years to come. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

The Red Sox have a challenge right now, however, as they try to build this roster back up to a place where they can compete. But will fans stick around for the “rebuild”? I think so. (Michael Silverman; Boston Globe)

How African-American players propelled the Cleveland Baseball Team to a World Series victory in 1948. (Scott Simon; NPR)