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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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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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May 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Boston 3, at Minnesota 1: Jason Varitek hit two home runs, then was one of four people ejected by umpire Todd Tichenor in the seventh inning. at Baltimore 5, Detroit 1: Luke Scott homered twice and had four RBIs. David Hernandez pitched into the sixth inning to win his major league debut. at Arizona 5, Atlanta 2: The Diamondbacks took advantage of second baseman Kelly Johnson's error to score four times in the fourth inning.
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May 21, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Is there a changing of the guard underway in baseball? Based on performances so far this season, some established players are entering the twilight of their careers while several rookies are beginning to sparkle. Times sportswriter Kevin Baxter charts their directions: Rookies rising 1. Zach Britton (Baltimore): No earned runs, nine hits in last 19 innings; 5-2, 2.14 overall. 2. Darwin Barney (Cubs): 10th in NL with .318 average. 3. Michael Pineda (Seattle): Gave up one run or less in four of eight starts; 5-2, 2.45.
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November 18, 2003
-- AL MVP Voting Voting for the American League most valuable player award, with first-, second- and third-place votes and total points on a 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis: Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total Alex Rodriguez, Texas 6 5 6 242 Carlos Delgado, Toronto 5 8 3 213 Jorge Posada, New York 5 4 4 194 Shannon Stewart, Minnesota 3 2 2 140 David Ortiz, Boston 4 3 2 130 Manny Ramirez, Boston 1 3 3 100 Nomar Garciaparra, Boston 1 2 1 99 Vernon Wells, Toronto 1...
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June 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
BOSTON -- A fast-moving thunderstorm didn't dampen the Fenway Park fans' spirit for the NBA champion Boston Celtics on Friday night. Honored during a brief pregame ceremony as heavy rain was falling, the NBA champs -- atop three duck boats -- entered from center-field and circled Fenway to a standing ovation, a shortened scene from their parade through downtown on Thursday. With the Red Sox players wearing green jerseys usually reserved for St. Patrick's Day during spring training in Florida, the Celtics brought the NBA championship trophies from four seasons to Fenway.
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May 21, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Is there a changing of the guard underway in baseball? Based on performances so far this season, some established players are entering the twilight of their careers while several rookies are beginning to sparkle. Times sportswriter Kevin Baxter charts their directions: Rookies rising 1. Zach Britton (Baltimore): No earned runs, nine hits in last 19 innings; 5-2, 2.14 overall. 2. Darwin Barney (Cubs): 10th in NL with .318 average. 3. Michael Pineda (Seattle): Gave up one run or less in four of eight starts; 5-2, 2.45.
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October 8, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
If the Red Sox hope to keep the Angels' explosive offense in check they'll have to start by shutting down the running game -- something they haven't been able to do all season. Boston gave up 151 stolen bases this season, 19 more than any other team, and threw out only 13% of would-be basestealers, also the worst figure in the majors. That plays right into the Angels' strength, because Mike Scioscia's team features six players who stole at least 11 bases, including leadoff hitter Chone Figgins , who was fourth in the American League with 42 steals.
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June 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Maybe the next time a Boston pitcher takes a no-hit bid into the ninth inning, he'll listen to catcher Jason Varitek. Curt Schilling came within one out of his first no-hitter Thursday, losing his bid when Shannon Stewart lined a clean single to right field after Schilling shook off his catcher. Schilling finished with a one-hitter as the Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics, 1-0. "We get two outs, and I was sure, and I had a plan, and I shook Tek off," Schilling said. "And I get a big 'What if?
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August 31, 2008 | Clarke Canfield, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine -- Last Sept. 1, Clay Buchholz dazzled the baseball world by throwing a no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in only his second major league start. But heading into the anniversary of that feat, Buchholz is with the Portland Sea Dogs of the Double-A Eastern League. Portland plays its last regular-season game Monday. "This is definitely a roller coaster for me," the 24-year-old Buchholz said before a recent Sea Dogs' game. "The adversity that came toward me this year started in spring training and never quit.
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October 8, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
If the Red Sox hope to keep the Angels' explosive offense in check they'll have to start by shutting down the running game -- something they haven't been able to do all season. Boston gave up 151 stolen bases this season, 19 more than any other team, and threw out only 13% of would-be basestealers, also the worst figure in the majors. That plays right into the Angels' strength, because Mike Scioscia's team features six players who stole at least 11 bases, including leadoff hitter Chone Figgins , who was fourth in the American League with 42 steals.
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May 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Boston 3, at Minnesota 1: Jason Varitek hit two home runs, then was one of four people ejected by umpire Todd Tichenor in the seventh inning. at Baltimore 5, Detroit 1: Luke Scott homered twice and had four RBIs. David Hernandez pitched into the sixth inning to win his major league debut. at Arizona 5, Atlanta 2: The Diamondbacks took advantage of second baseman Kelly Johnson's error to score four times in the fourth inning.
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May 13, 2009 | MIKE DIGIOVANNA, ON THE ANGELS
One step forward, two -- and sometimes three -- steps back. That seems to be the theme this season for the Angels' once-proud bullpen, which has deteriorated to such a degree that it is now one of the most inconsistent and unreliable relief units in baseball.
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August 31, 2008 | Bill Shaikin
BOSTON -- Turns out Jeff Kent isn't the only guy who hits well when he bats ahead of Manny Ramirez. Big Papi knows. For the first time in six years, David Ortiz is not hitting ahead of Ramirez. How does Ortiz like it? "I got, like, 17 walks on the last road trip," Ortiz said. "What do you think?" That is less a dissent than an observation. It's been one month since Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Ramirez is out of sight and out of mind here.
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August 31, 2008 | Clarke Canfield, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine -- Last Sept. 1, Clay Buchholz dazzled the baseball world by throwing a no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in only his second major league start. But heading into the anniversary of that feat, Buchholz is with the Portland Sea Dogs of the Double-A Eastern League. Portland plays its last regular-season game Monday. "This is definitely a roller coaster for me," the 24-year-old Buchholz said before a recent Sea Dogs' game. "The adversity that came toward me this year started in spring training and never quit.
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June 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
BOSTON -- A fast-moving thunderstorm didn't dampen the Fenway Park fans' spirit for the NBA champion Boston Celtics on Friday night. Honored during a brief pregame ceremony as heavy rain was falling, the NBA champs -- atop three duck boats -- entered from center-field and circled Fenway to a standing ovation, a shortened scene from their parade through downtown on Thursday. With the Red Sox players wearing green jerseys usually reserved for St. Patrick's Day during spring training in Florida, the Celtics brought the NBA championship trophies from four seasons to Fenway.
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August 31, 2008 | Bill Shaikin
BOSTON -- Turns out Jeff Kent isn't the only guy who hits well when he bats ahead of Manny Ramirez. Big Papi knows. For the first time in six years, David Ortiz is not hitting ahead of Ramirez. How does Ortiz like it? "I got, like, 17 walks on the last road trip," Ortiz said. "What do you think?" That is less a dissent than an observation. It's been one month since Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Ramirez is out of sight and out of mind here.
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July 13, 2005 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
The All-Stars from the American and National leagues played their game unremarkably, save a couple of home runs, a big lead that was plenty, and a streak that reached nine. The American League won, 7-5, at Comerica Park on Tuesday night, so it will have home-field advantage in the World Series, a midseason benefit the Boston Red Sox rode to a four-game sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals last October.
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June 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Maybe the next time a Boston pitcher takes a no-hit bid into the ninth inning, he'll listen to catcher Jason Varitek. Curt Schilling came within one out of his first no-hitter Thursday, losing his bid when Shannon Stewart lined a clean single to right field after Schilling shook off his catcher. Schilling finished with a one-hitter as the Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics, 1-0. "We get two outs, and I was sure, and I had a plan, and I shook Tek off," Schilling said. "And I get a big 'What if?
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July 13, 2005 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
The All-Stars from the American and National leagues played their game unremarkably, save a couple of home runs, a big lead that was plenty, and a streak that reached nine. The American League won, 7-5, at Comerica Park on Tuesday night, so it will have home-field advantage in the World Series, a midseason benefit the Boston Red Sox rode to a four-game sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals last October.
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