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Daily Red Sox Links: Jarren Duran, Marcelo Mayer, Jud Fabian

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

It is a huge day for the Red Sox, not just because it’s the start of the second half and not just because they are heading to the Bronx to take on the Yankees. It’s also the day for Jarren Duran to come up to the majors, and Sox Prospects has the latest scouting report on the newest big leaguer. (Ian Cundall; Sox Prospects)

The first half went much better than most anyone was expecting, but that success doesn’t mean we won’t see changes in the second half. In fact, Duran is the start of those changes. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic)

Sean McAdam has five questions for the Red Sox as they get the second half underway. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)

Meanwhile, Steve Hewitt hands out grades after the pleasantly surprising first half. (Steve Hewitt; Boston Herald)

Marcelo Mayer’s addition to the farm system is still, of course, a huge story for this Red Sox team. And apparently, he finished his high school career off with a bang. (Tom Westerholm; Boston.com)

Speaking of Mayer, FanGraphs’ David Laurila spoke briefly with the newest Red Sox prospect. (David Laurila; FanGraphs)

Don’t forget about second round pick Jud Fabian too, though. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

In Colorado at the All-Star festivities, Trevor Story said what we’re all thinking about Xander Bogaerts: He doesn’t get the credit he deserves. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)