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Daily Red Sox Links: J.D. Martinez, Matt Barnes, Garrett Whitlock

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After all the concerns coming into the year after his relative disaster of a 2020, J.D. Martinez just keeps hitting in 2021 as he continues to anchor this current Red Sox lineup through their surprising start. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

Matt Barnes, who is also bouncing back from a rough 2020 in a huge and sort of out of nowhere fashion, has some memorabilia that rests on the same shelf as some from Nolan Ryan. (Christopher Smith; Mass Live)

For all of the successes early in this season up and down the roster on different positional groups, Garrett Whitlock is the favorite around here. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic)

Alex Cora still believes in Enrique Hernández the leadoff hitter despite some struggles from that spot and an approach that doesn’t really match. (Steve Hewitt; Boston Herald)

Eno Sarris looks at the repercussions of moving the mound back, a solution many have proposed to curb the league’s strikeout issues. (Eno Sarris; The Athletic)