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Daily Red Sox Links: Hunter Renfroe, Alex Cora, Jarren Duran

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Hunter Renfroe was not included in the Andrew Benintendi deal, and in fact joined the Red Sox while Benintendi was still on the roster. Depsite all that, there’s an argument the slugger, who had another big game on Monday, was the winner of the trade. (Kris Rhim; Boston Globe)

Even beyond Renfroe, the core of the Red Sox lineup is the biggest reason they are where they are at this point in the year. Alex Cora is happy to see those guys getting recognition in the All-Star voting. (Steve Hewitt; Boston Herald)

For the first half of the year, a lot of the focus has understandably been on how surprising this Red Sox team has been. It’s time to acknowledge their status as a legitimate contender, though. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

Jarren Duran is getting the hype from the Worcester outfield, and for good reason, but that whole group is hitting right now. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic)

This past weekend was one of the most fun for the Red Sox in quite some time. (Chad Finn;

The Yankees didn’t have a great weekend, and that extended to their equipment truck. (WEEI)