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Daily Red Sox Links: Alex Cora, Christian Vázquez, Joe West

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Despite how bad this past weekend was, Alex Cora is still saying the Red Sox aren’t playing bad baseball. That, uh, might not be the answer he’s thinking it is. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

The real issue for the Red Sox in this second half is that they are getting beat by the good teams, which may pose a problem in October. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

The one bit of good news heading into this final week of the season? The schedule lays out quite nicely for Boston. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)

What are the keys for all of the contenders who are left? (Bryan Hoch, Ian Browne, Keegan Matheson and Daniel Kramer; MLB.com)

It’s probably not going to happen, but there is still a chance at a five-way wildcard tie. (Logan Mullen; NESN)

Joe West is nearing the end of his decades-long umpiring career, and he couldn’t have left Fenway on a worse note. Christian Vázquez talked about the missed call from Sunday. (Hayden Bird; Boston.com)

Want to relive hell? Here you go. (Rustin Dodd and Sam Blum; The Athletic)