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Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Matt Barnes, Franchy Cordero

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As he inches closer and closer toward his rehab assignment, Chris Sale was at Fenway on Wednesday for a live batting practice session. The reports from said session have been positive, to put it lightly. (Julian McWilliams; Boston Globe)

It seems all but certain that Matt Barnes will be named to the All-Star team this year, but the Red Sox closer doesn’t seem like he’ll be too worked up if for some odd reasons he doesn’t make it. (Chris Cotillo; Masslive)

Barnes has been a big part of the bullpen, but the whole unit deserves credit for keeping this team afloat all month. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

That said, the amount of work they’ve had to put in during this stretch is a bit concerning as well. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)

Jen McCaffrey takes a look at the changes Garrett Richards will be looking to make as he tries to turn things around. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic)

Rob Bradford shares his take on the Franchy Cordero to first base situation. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)