CHICAGO — Talking after the Red Sox' 5-4 loss to the White Sox Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, catcher Jason Varitek addressed his feelings regarding the possibility of having these final five games of the regular season be his last in a Sox uniform.
"It's obvious," said an emotional Varitek when asked if he was thinking about the possibility of this being his final season with the Red Sox. "You try not to think about it, and I hope you guys don't ask me too much about it over the weekend, but it's there, definitely."
Asked if the thoughts of ending what has been a 14-year career with the Red Sox were tough to wrestle with, the catcher responded, "Absolutely." He then continued, "Just try and focus on what I've got to do. It's been a long time."
The Red Sox were officially eliminated from postseason consideration after the Yankees beat the Blue Jays...
CHICAGO -- The Red Sox dropped a 5-4 decision to the White Sox Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, but had already been eliminated from postseason consideration even before the completion of the defeat, thanks to the Yankees' 6-1 win over the Blue Jays. It is the 15th time in the past 16 years New York has qualified for the playoffs, while marking just the second time since 2003 that the Sox haven't made the postseason.
The game was lost for the Red Sox in the ninth inning when Dayan Viciedo singled in Juan Pierre with two outs, with reliever Matt Fox on the mound for the Red Sox. Fox had come on for Michael Bowden, who left with runners on second and third.
The Red Sox, who still have five games to play in the 2010 season, got home runs from J.D. Drew and David Ortiz, along with a solid pitching performance by starter John Lackey. The White Sox, however, were able to finally eliminate the Red Sox' lead by notching a...
In the first of two preseason games with Washington, the Bruins lost to the Capitals, 3-2, on Tuesday night. The team will travel back to Boston, where they will play a home game vs. the Capitals at TD Garden on Wednesday before departing for Europe, where they will finish the preseason and open the regular season with the Coyotes.
Nolan Schaefer made 24 saves on the night but allowed all three goals in the losing effort. The Bruins hope to use Tim Thomas, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, in net on Wednesday.
Jeremy Reich and Brad Marchand provided the scoring for the Bruins, with Mathieu Perrault, Alexander Semin, and Cody Eakin picking up the tallies for the Capitals.
For more on the Bruins, visit their team page at weei.com/bruins.
CHICAGO -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia underwent successful surgery Tuesday in Cleveland to repair what was classified by Sox manager Terry Francona as a 'pretty full tear' of a thumb ligament on the 25-year-old's left hand. The injury originally occurred while Saltalamacchia was playing for Triple A Oklahoma City in late July, just prior to being traded to the Red Sox. The operation was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham.
"He came through surgery fine," Francona said. "He did have a tear, a pretty full tear. It was repaired and a report will be written up. He's still in recovery, but everything came out, according to the doctor, fine."
It is expected that Saltalamacchia will be ready for the beginning of spring training. For more Red Sox news see the team page at weei.com/redsox.
The Boston Red Sox are still mathematically alive for the postseason and hope to delay playoff elimination yet again on Tuesday night when they continue their series against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. After their win on Monday night, the Sox are 5 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the AL wild card with six games remaining. Despite their slim chance of advancing to the postseason, the Red Sox have won four of their last five and nine of 14.
Marco Scutaro will sit out of Tuesday night's tilt, with Felipe Lopez making his Red Sox debut by batting ninth and playing second base. Eric Patterson will get his first start since Aug. 15, leading off and playing center field as Ryan Kalish gets the night off. Here is the starting lineup for the Red Sox on Tuesday night in Chicago:
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