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Daily Red Sox Links: Alex Cora, Xander Bogaerts, Kiké Hernández

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At a certain point, you know you have to beat good teams to get to where you ultimately want to go. But that point is in October, and in order to get there a large part of the job is taking care of the teams you should beat, just as the Red Sox did this weekend. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)

As we get closer and closer to the end of the schedule, Alex Cora is going to be more and more aggressive, and we’ve been seeing it with short hooks for the starters. (Julian McWilliams; Boston Globe)

Xander Bogaerts obviously had to miss some time on the COVID list, but he’s back and in a big way. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

In fact, both he and Kiké Hernández are looking better after appearing rusty right after their return. It’s paying off for the whole lineup. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic)

Speaking of Hernández, he’s excited about the team heating up at the right point. (Alexandra Francisco; NESN)