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Daily Red Sox Links: Jarren Duran, Christian Vázquez, Pablo Sandoval

Polar Park Inaugural Game Worcester Red Sox v. Syracuse Mets Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

As we covered on Monday, the Red Sox are sending a pair of their top prospects to play for Team USA in their Olympic qualifying tournament, with Jarren Duran and Triston Casas both getting the honor. Why are they willing to do so when not every team is? (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we wondered whether or not Christian Vázquez was even a starting catcher. Now, he’s one of the best all-around backstops in the league. How did he get here? (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

The Red Sox have slowed down a little, but all things considered they had a good road trip. Despite that, they are no longer in first place, which shows just how tough this AL East race is going to be all year long. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

Where do the Red Sox land on the latest Power Rankings from The Athletic? (Zach Buchanan and Kaitlyn McGrath; The Athletic)

The Braves manager has some things to say about Pablo Sandoval that, uh, you may not catch anyone in Boston saying. (Tim Kelly; WEEI)