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Jason Varitek to Announce Retirement on Thursday March 1st in Fort Myers – Fenway Park 2/27/12

Sounds like it is close to official – Jason Varitek will retire from baseball this week in Fort Myers.  Tek turns 40 in April and although the Red Sox invited him to spring training on a minor league deal, Tek has decided to call it wuits.  He has been in a Red Sox uniform since [...]

Jason Varitek Nearing Decision on Plans for 2012 – Fenway Park 2/20/12

The time has come for Jason Varitek to make his decision.  Tek was a “no-show” when pitchers and catcher reported to Sox camp in Fort Myers on Sunday.  But it sounds like Tek is close to making up his mind whether he will hang up his spikes like his good pal Tim Wakefield did last [...]

Red Sox Issue Non-Roster Invitation to Jason Varitek – Fenway Park 1/13/12

The Red Sox have added long-time catcher Jason Varitek to list of non-roster invitees.  The Red Sox have made it clear to Tek that he has an “outside” chance of making the team. Tek has played his entire 15-year major league career in a Red Sox uniform.  Tek helped the Red Sox win World Series [...]

Red Sox Ink Catcher Kelly Shoppach, Say Goodbye to Jason Varitek – Fenway Park 12/12/11

The Red Sox have agreed to a 1-year, $1.35 million deal with veteran catcher Kelly Shoppach.  There are also performance incentives that could increase the total compensation package.  Shoppach played in 87 games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, hitting just .176 on the season. This likely means the end of Jason Varitek’s Red [...]

Free Agency Update – Papelbon, Ortiz, Wheeler & Tek – Fenway Park 11/1/11

The Red Sox declined to pick up the $3 million club option for reliever Dan Wheeler for the 2012 MLB season.  Wheeler has been designated a Class B free agent and the Red Sox will receive a “sandwich pick” (a supplemental 1st-round pick in between the first and second rounds of the draft) in the [...]

Picture of Unruly ClubHouse Mars Tito’s Memory & Could Have Led to September Swoon – Fenway Park 10/17/11

What really happened and what really brought about the Red Sox September swoon in which they blew a 9-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays to fail to make the post-season for the 2nd year in a row?  These are 2 questions for which we’ll probably never really  know the truth. The Boston Globe addressed [...]

Lester Leads Red Sox Past Phillies 5-2 to Salvage Series – Fenway Park 6/30/11

Jon Lester led the Red Sox past the Phillies 5-2 with a solid 7 scoreless innings.  He allowed just 2 hits and 2 walks in the win.  Bobby Jenks allowed 2 runs in the 9th inning, prompting Manager Terry Francona to go with Jonathan Papelbon to close out the game.  Papelbon retired the only 2 [...]

White Sox Pound Red Sox 10-7 on 2nd Straight Night – Fenway Park 6/1/11

For the 2nd straight night, the White Sox pounded the Red Sox on their home turf at Fenway Park.  The White Sox won 10-7, out-hitting the Red Sox 15-12.  Alfredo Aceves suffered his 1st loss after winning 12 straight decisions.  Aceves gave up 8 runs (6 earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks in just [...]

Beckett Dominates Indians as Red Sox End Slide v. Tribe in Cleveland – Fenway Park 5/26/11

After losing the 1st 4 times that the Red Sox had played the Indians at Jacobs Field in Cleveland this season, the Red Sox finally got that 1st win behind a strong performance from Josh Beckett.  It was reminiscent of that same Josh Beckett who pitched the Red Sox out of a 3-1 hole in [...]

So-So Pitching, Hitting Solid – Red Sox 7, Twins 6 – Fenway Park Fort Myers 3/1/11

It was a mixed bag of treats in the Red Sox 7-6 win over the Twins on Monday. The pitching left a lot to be desired.   Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up a run on a hit and a walk in 2 innings pitched.  Andrew Miller and Michael Bowden each worked a scoreless inning of relief as [...]