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Daily Red Sox Links: Chaim Bloom, Hirokazu Sawamura, Brandon Workman

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Jen McCaffrey takes a look back at how the Red Sox have gotten to this unexpected place — first place, to be exact — a month into the season. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic)

Some savvy acquisitions from Chaim Bloom has certainly been part of the success story. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

Thursday’s game wasn’t quite on the same level of success, though, as they played in front of a full(ish) capacity for the first time this year. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

One of the keys to that loss was a poor performance from Hirokazu Sawamura. Alex Cora explains why he made that move. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

The lineup was an even bigger issue, and it has been for a few days now. It’s likely not something to worry about long-term, though. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)

Nick Pivetta outdueled Jacob deGrom the other night, and he goes into those starts thinking he can do that every time. (Tom Westerholm; Boston.com)

Don’t sleep on the value being provided by Matt Andriese. (Ian Browne; RedSox.com)

What’s the plan with Garrett Whitlock? (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Tough news for an old friend. (Al Yellon; Bleed Cubbie Blue)