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Daily Red Sox Links: Enrique Hernández, Tanner Houck, Kyle Gibson

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Enrique Hernández had a tough start to his Red Sox career, but with his recent bout of leadoff home runs and flashy defensive highlights, he’s turned into one of the team’s most valuable players of late. (Jesse Pantuosco; WEEI/Audacy)

Tanner Houck has pitched well at the MLB level, but he hasn’t got a full-time shot at a starting spot just yet. That may be about to change in the second half of this season. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic)

Of course, if the Red Sox want to make some deals this summer, it’s possible Houck could be part of the package of players sent out. Ken Laird has that exact idea in mind when it comes to how the Red Sox could acquire Kyle Gibson. (Ken Laird; WEEI/Audacy)

We only have to wait a little longer to find out if the Jack Leiter to the Red Sox dream comes true. (Nick Goss; NBC Sports Boston)

The Red Sox can also look to prospects from their own back yard in this year’s draft. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Daisuke Matsuzaka hasn’t pitched for the Red Sox since 2012 and he last appeared in an MLB game in 2014, but his baseball playing days look like they’ll officially come to an end this year. (Tim Kelly/WEEI/Audacy)