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March 2, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, who played for the team for 15 seasons including their World Series title teams of 2004 and 2007, retired Thursday during an emotional news conference in Fort Myers, Fla. "My teammates are what I'm going to miss most," Varitek said, his eyes filling with tears. "The hardest thing to do is to walk away from your teammates and what they've meant to you over the years.” The Red Sox acquired Varitek in a 1997 trade with the Seattle Mariners, giving up the immortal Heathcliff Slocumb in return.
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April 23, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
They couldn't make the final rotation cut. Aaron Harang went early, Chris Capuano was ultimately relegated to the bullpen but did not make the Dodgers' playoff roster. But look at them now. Chris Capuano, the man who was initially reluctant to make the bullpen move , has been a revelation as a left-handed reliever for the Boston Red Sox. He threw 2-1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday and has yet to give up a run in nine appearances. Capuano, 35, did not sign with the Red Sox until just before spring-training camp opened, but they must be having a difficult time figuring out how they would get by without him. In 13 innings, he has struck out 12, walked one and given up six hits.
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April 29, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Jason Collins may have spent just 32 games of his 14-year NBA career in a Boston uniform, but the city is stepping up to support the former Celtics center who made a historic announcement Monday. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Collins revealed that he is gay, thus becoming the first active male athlete in a major American sport to come out of the closet. Collins has been receiving an overwhelming amount of support from the athletic community, including this tweet from the Boston Red Sox: We salute you, @ jasoncollins34 for your courage and leadership.
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April 3, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Is Clayton Kershaw the most popular pitcher in Major League Baseball? By one measure, yes. The Dodgers ace and defending National League Cy Young winner led all pitchers in jersey sales during the off-season, based on sales from MLB's online shop. David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox led the rankings, released Thursday by the league. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees ranked third, followed by Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. Kershaw ranked fifth.
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October 22, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON - As the Boston Red Sox boarded their buses and headed to the airport, they had a sense this season could be something special. They had just swept the Tampa Bay Rays. The season was barely two weeks old, but a team that finished last season in last place had started this one in first place. As the buses rolled along the streets of Boston, word spread among the players that something bad had happened. Something about the marathon. But cellphone service had been interrupted, and the team flight took off for Cleveland before the players were fully informed.
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August 24, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers had trouble getting it started Saturday afternoon, both on the mound and at the plate. They fell behind 4-0 in the top of the first and then didn't manage to push a run of their own across until the eighth. It didn't make for the most exciting game, Boston jumping early on Hyun-Jin Ryu and then holding on for the Red Sox victory, 4-2, Saturday afternoon that snapped the Dodgers' four-game winning streak. BOX SCORE: Boston 4, Dodgers 2 The Dodgers never really could figure out Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, who held them to three hits in 7 1/3 strong innings.
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October 26, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS - The debate over whether baseball should make both leagues play under the same rules is alive and well. Usually, it's good fodder for the bar, and for talk shows. One guy likes the designated hitter, the other does not, and the two agree to disagree. It's good fodder for the World Series too, the breathless questions about which bench player on the National League team can be trusted with a few extra at-bats in the American League park, and which bat the AL team might have to omit from its lineup in the NL park.
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October 19, 2013 | By Paul Sullivan
BOSTON - A celebration of beer and fried chicken was in order Saturday night at Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox pulled off another late-inning comeback in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Shane Victorino's seventh-inning grand slam against Jose Veras erased a one-run deficit and led the Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over Detroit, launching Boston into its third World Series since 2004. Boston Strong? Absolutely. "When you get attacked on your home turf like that, it's a feeling of pride here," catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said, referring to the terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon.
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November 14, 1989
Jim Rice was placed on waviers Monday, ending 15 seasons with the Boston Red Sox that produced 382 homers, 1,451 RBIs and 2,452 hits. Rice will become an unrestricted free agent Thursday if he clears waivers. The Red Sox last month refused to exercise a $2.4-million option in his contract for 1990. Rice batted .234 last season with three homers and 28 runs batted in. He had midseason surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow and saw limited action after that.
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September 29, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI
SCHEDULE Today: Boston (Pedro Martinez, 19-7) at Cleveland (Jaret Wright, 12-10), 10 a.m., ESPN. Wednesday: Boston (Tim Wakefield, 17-8) at Cleveland (Dwight Gooden, 8-6), 10 a.m., ESPN. Friday: Cleveland (Charles Nagy, 15-10) at Boston (Bret Saberhagen, 15-8), 1 p.m., ESPN. Saturday: Cleveland (Bartolo Colon, 14-9, or Wright) at Boston (Pete Schourek, 1-3) if necessary, time and TV TBA. Sunday: Boston (Martinez) at Cleveland (Wright or Gooden), if necessary, time and TV TBA.
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March 2, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
PHOENIX - Sunday was Josh Beckett Day in Dodgerland. No bobblehead dolls. Just a lot of happy people wearing blue. Beckett was back. Sort of. Think of it in terms of Neil Armstrong on the moon, the "one small step for man" part. When he took the mound here at Camelback Ranch shortly after 1 p.m., one of the more dominating and successful major league pitchers of the last decade was in a strange place. This was spring training and what he was about to do meant something. Actually, it meant a lot, both for him and for the team that will pay him $15.75 million this season, the last year of his four-year, $68-million deal.
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February 21, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
Explaining how a natural introvert such as himself could flash Mickey Mouse ears in front of more than 50,000 screaming fans, Adrian Gonzalez looked around the Dodgers' locker room. "It's the clubhouse," he said. "It's the city, it's the fans. " The acquisition of Gonzalez and three other players from the Boston Red Sox in 2012 was expected to transform the Dodgers, and it did. What was unknown at the time was that the deal would also change Gonzalez. With the Dodgers, Gonzalez has allowed his personality to emerge in ways it never did with the Red Sox or San Diego Padres.
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January 27, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
David Ortiz indicated Sunday night that he wouldn't hesitate to walk away from the Boston Red Sox after this season if he doesn't get the contract extension he is seeking. The reigning World Series MVP told a Boston TV station that he wants to play at least two more seasons -- and perhaps many more -- and would like to do so with the Red Sox, with whom he's played the last 11 seasons and won three championship rings. But, he said , if the team doesn'make him a suitable offer, "it's time to move on. " “It's been a hell of a ride as long as I've been here,” he told Steve Burton on WBZ-TV's "Sports Final.
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January 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Encino Crespi pitcher Jeff Suppan has officially retired after 17 major-league seasons. He made the announcement to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network. Here's the story from MLB.com . He was the 2006 National League Championship Series MVP for the St. Louis Cardinals and made 417 starts in his career. He was a second-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1993. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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November 20, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
There is a leftover tidbit to this year's World Series Game 3, when umpire Jim Joyce called obstruction at third base to end the game and send the Boston Red Sox to defeat. When Joyce's father died in 2009, among the things buried with him was a Red Sox cap. "He was flipping over in his grave when I made that call," Joyce says. There are umpires and there is Jim Joyce. He doesn't want to be special, other than to have people know he does a good job. But a triangle of fate and circumstance has singled him out. Oct. 26, 2013, St. Louis, World Series Game 3 The Cardinals and Red Sox were tied in the ninth inning, 4-4, when Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia rose from tagging out Yadier Molina at the plate to see Allen Craig running toward third base.
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November 15, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Despite it being smack in the middle of mustache-focused Movember, when it comes to social media the 'stache is getting beaten by the beard - and by more than a whisker. That's according to the data-mining folks at at Kontera , who apparently have been tracking this very thing. Over the last nine days of October - the same period over which the World Series featuring the notably bearded Boston Red Sox played out -- the share of "consumption" (how often a term is "seen" online and via mobile and social channels)
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July 2, 1990 | From Associated Press
Kevin Romine led off the ninth inning with his first home run of the season and Mike Boddicker outlasted Nolan Ryan for his 10th straight victory as the Boston Red Sox edged the Texas Rangers 3-2 today. Ryan who allowed just seven hits and two runs in trying for his 297th career victory, threw 144 pitches before being replaced by Kenny Rogers (2-4) to start the ninth.
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October 18, 1986
Angel first baseman Wally Joyner is expected to be released from St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange sometime this weekend, Angel spokesman Tim Mead said Friday. Joyner has been hospitalized since last Saturday with an infection in his right shin, which forced him to miss the last four games of the American League championship series.
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November 5, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels named former shortstop Gary DiSarcina as their third-base coach on Tuesday, marking the third time in five years that DiSarcina, whom many believe will manage in the big leagues some day, has bounced between the Boston Red Sox and Angels organizations. DiSarcina, 45, spent 2006-10 with the Red Sox, serving as a baseball operations consultant, an infield coordinator and manager of the Class-A Lowell (Mass.) Spinners. He returned to the Angels as a special assistant to General Manager Jerry Dipoto in 2011 and spent 2012 as the club's field coordinator.
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November 5, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Gary DiSarcina, named the Angels' third-base coach on Tuesday, recently interviewed for the Seattle Mariners' manager job, and Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said “there's no doubt in my mind Gary will manage in the big leagues.” But DiSarcina, the former Angels shortstop who managed the Boston Red Sox's triple-A team at Pawtucket, R.I., last season, said during a conference call that those major league managerial aspirations are “far down...
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