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Red Sox coverage in today’s Globe

Adrian Beltre’s defense is drawing raves from the Red Sox. Amalie Benjamin has the story.

The notebook today is led by Daisuke Matsuzaka taking the mound and throwing batting practice for the first time. There also are updates on Jed Lowrie, John Lackey, Dustin Richardson and an assortment of minor injuries.

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The Sox are off today in terms of the schedule. But there will still be some work going on. Clay Buchholz will stay on schedule by pitching in a minor-league game this morning. Fabio Castro and Ramon A. Ramirez also are scheduled to throw in that game and Mike Lowell will get some at-bats to catch up.

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