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Red Sox coverage in today’s Globe

Bob Ryan spent some time with Tony La Russa before yesterday’s game and found out about all those pitching changes he makes.

Josh Beckett and Victor Martinez are building some trust and the results were impressive yesterday.

The notebook details how a bunch of prospects beat the Cardinals yesterday. There also are updates on Jason Varitek, some contract signings, Daisuke Matsuzaka, the arrival of two legends and the first player cut.

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Happy birthday today to Bert “Campy” Campaneris. What a great shortstop he was. And today is the anniversary of the death of Biggie Smalls. Why I associate March 9 with a shortstop and a rapper, I have no idea.

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