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Daily Red Sox Links: Dennis Eckersley, Matt Barnes, Alex Verdugo

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Jen McCaffrey has a tremendous feature on Dennis Eckersley. I feel like I don’t have to add any more to make you want to read this. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic)

We’re still in April so it’s still too early to go too nuts with evaluations based on what’s happened to this point in the year. That said, it’s not too early to appreciate what this Red Sox team is doing. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

Alex Verdugo is always going to be compared to Mookie Betts, and that will never be a comp that works out for him. But he deserves better. (Jon Couture;

Matt Barnes has been on another planet this season, and a big reason has been an improved pace on the mound. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

Ryan Brasier was expected to join Barnes in the late innings, but injuries have prevented him from pitching so far this year. Rob Bradford provides an update. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Expect to see more fans at Fenway soon. (Chris Cotillo; Masslive)