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Former Boston manager Terry Francona gave Pedro Martinez a big hug along with some advice to help him in his new job as a special assistant to the Red Sox general manager.
Ivan Rodriguez plans to announce his retirement Monday, ending a 21-year major league career that included a record 13 Gold Gloves at catcher.
Previewing the American League.
Jason Varitek officially announced his retirement, bringing to an end a beloved 15-year career with the Boston Red Sox.
Jason Varitek spent 15 seasons as the stoic center of the Boston Red Sox, with an icy stare that never blinked and an iron jaw that never quivered.
Alex Rodriguez laughed off Bobby Valentine's comments about his 2004 scrap with Jason Varitek, then made a brief statement and ducked through the crowd of reporters surrounding his locker.
Bobby Valentine has only been wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform for about two weeks. That isn't stopping him from taking a few jabs at the archrival New York Yankees in pinstripes already.
The Boston Red Sox are saying goodbye to their captain.
A team-by-team look at the American League entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
The Boston Red Sox maintained a share of the AL wild-card lead Tuesday night, using four home runs to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 and set up a dramatic conclusion to the regular season.
The pitching is in shambles. The hitting is spotty. And the defense?
Ray Fosse watched the crushing blow to Giants star Buster Posey and wondered why after all these years there are still few rules to protect catchers at the plate.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is donating $1 million to the team's official charity for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in his native Japan.
Capsules of American League teams, listed in order of finish last year:
Carl Crawford leads off first base, watches the pitcher's motion then takes off at just the right moment for an easy steal of second.
"The hardest thing to do is walk away from your teammates," he said.
"I still trained and tried to get myself ready," Varitek said. "I love being able to play. I love the competition on the field, the chess game behind the plate. It's not easy."