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Daily Red Sox Links: Josh Winckowski, Will Venable, Jason Varitek

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Josh Winckowski, one part of the Andrew Benintendi trade and one of the better pitching prospects in the organization, had a big weekend outing where he struck out nine in seven scoreless innings. (Christopher Smith; Mass Live)

Will Venable managed his first MLB game on Saturday in a temporary role as Alex Cora took a little time so he could attend his daughter’s high school graduation. (Bill Koch; Providence Journal)

Jason Varitek was also in the dugout as always, and even if his new role he is still finding ways for the Red Sox to win. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

While Fenway opens up, restrictions remain for the team based on their vaccination rates staying below 85 percent. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic)

In stark contrast, Massachusetts has some of the higher vaccination rates in the country and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky threw out the first pitch in yesterday's game. (Holly Yan;