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Daily Red Sox Links: Kyle Schwarber, Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi

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This is not breaking any news to anyone who’s been paying even a little bit of attention, but the Red Sox have some problems on defense. And as Sean McAdam writes, it could prove to be a fatal flaw. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)

On Monday, it was an error from Kyle Schwarber that proved to all but cost the Red Sox the game. Despite that, Jason Mastrodonato argues they have to keep playing him at first. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

While things do look bad for the Red Sox right now, the saving grace is that this season has been unpredictable all year. Why would it change now? (Chad Finn;

More good news: Chris Sale should be back on Friday. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

With Sale’s impending return and the season being so close to over, expect Alex Cora to handle the rotation a bit differently. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Looking ahead beyond this season, John Tomase says it’s time for an uncomfortable conversation about Xander Bogaerts’ defensive home. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

MLB announced its Roberto Clemente Award nominees for players who represent the sport on and off the field. Nathan Eovaldi got the nod from Boston. (

Durbin Feltman was supposed to be on a rocket ship to the majors. The road has been longer than that expectation, but he’s back on the verge of making it. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic)

Ian Cundall has some scouting notes for a few arms in the lower levels. (Ian Cundall; Sox Prospects)