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Daily Red Sox Links: A.J. Pierzynski, Ryan Lavarnway, Masahiro Tanaka

Today's edition includes stories on A.J. Pierzynski, updates on some injuries, and how Masahiro Tanaka's posting (or lack thereof) can have an impact on the Red Sox.

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A.J. Pierzynski continues to say the right things, and is even joking around with the media. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

With Pierzynski in town, Ryan Lavarnway's full-time shot in the show will seemingly be pushed to 2015, as noted by Ian Browne among health updates on Clay Buchholz and Dustin Pedroia. (Ian Browne;

Boston would benefit if Japanese pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka wasn't posted by his Nippon Professional Baseball club. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Pierzynski will not only affect Lavarnway's status within the club, he will obviously have an impact on David Ross' playing time. (Jason Mastrodonato;

Ryan Hannable explains why the Red Sox could be done with any type of major-league transaction this winter. (Ryan Hannable; Inside the Batter's Box)

Ben Cherington explains what is involved when you trade within the division, something the Red Sox haven't done since 1997 with the Yankees -- if you don't include minor moves, and the John Farrell deal. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

A few Red Sox prospects (and, reportedly, Pierzynski) will attend the Jimmy Fund's "New Stars for Young Stars" event. (Tim Healey;

Mark Mulder is attempting a major-league comeback. The left-hander hasn't pitched since 2009. (Jerry Crasnick;

I'm sure you've heard of Chris Cotillo, the 18-year-old, Massachusetts native who has become a reliable MLB insider overnight for our SB Nation partners over at If not, well, read this. (Nathan Fenno; The Washington Times)

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