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Daily Red Sox Links: Alex Cora, Connor Wong, Rich Hill

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The Red Sox have continued to exceed expectations all season, putting themselves far ahead of the pace most were anticipating at this point in the year. Alex Cora thinks he can explain why. (Hayden Bird; Boston.com)

One of the big stories on Tuesday was Joe Girardo asking for checks on Max Scherzer’s glove, leading to mayhem in that game. Don’t expect to see Cora making those requests. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

The pitchers certainly deserve blame for where we are with the sticky stuff, but the league and teams need to be willing to be held accountable as well. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

Hirokazu Sawamura has a pretty simple and reasonable solution to the whole mess. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

After a couple of years struggling mightily against the top division rivals, the Red Sox are turning that trend around this year. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)

As we keep waiting for Jarren Duran, it was his teammate Connor Wong making his big-league debut this week. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic)

The Red Sox faced Rich Hill on Wednesday, and the lefty thought this past winter he’d end up in Boston. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)