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02/27/2012 - 6:42pm
Source: Jason Varitek to retire

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to a major league source, catcher Jason Varitek will announce his retirement on Thursday. The 15-year veteran will accept a role in the Red Sox organization, according to the Boston Globe, which first reported the news of his retirement.

Catherine Varitek, the wife of the catcher, wrote (via twitter): "I could not be more proud of my husband! What a truly remarkable 14 years with the Boston Red Sox. You are a true Champion!"

Varitek, 39, played in 1,546 games with the Sox, including a team record 1,488 as catcher. He hit .256 with a .341 OBP, .435 slugging percentage and .776 OPS, hitting 193 homers and driving in 757 runs. A three-time All-Star, Varitek was also the recipient of a Gold Glove award in 2005.

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02/27/2012 - 6:40pm
Chiarelli: Boychuk has mild concussion
By: DJ Bean

 Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday at TD Garden that defenseman Johnny Boychuk has a mild concussion after taking a hard hit from Senators forward Chris Neil Saturday. 

The Bruins added two defenseman at Monday's trade deadline in Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau, and when Boychuk is healthy, the B's will have eight blueliners. 

As for Nathan Horton, who is still out with a concussion, Chiarelli said that he expects the forward back before the end of the regular season, but that he isn't certain.

"I expect him back, but with these things, I don't know," he said.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


02/27/2012 - 4:20pm
B's add Zanon, Rolston, Mottau at deadline
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins added three players on the day of the NHL trade deadline, swinging a deal with the Islanders for former Bruin Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau, as well as acquiring defenseman Greg Zanon from Minnesota. 

The Bruins sent AHL defenseman Marc Cantin and forward Yannick Riendeau to the Islanders in exchange for Rolston and Mottau. Defenseman Steve Kampfer was traded to the Wild for Zanon. 

Zanon's 212 blocked shots was second in the NHL last season. The 31-year-old has a minus-1 rating with two goals and four assists for six points this season. He has averaged 18:37 of ice time per game. 

First acquired by the Bruins from the Avalanche in the Ray Bourque trade in 2000, Rolston, now 39, played five seasons in Boston, includinga 31-goal campaign in the 2001-02 season. He has also played for the Devils, Avalanche, Wild and Islanders. In 49 games this season, he has four goals and five assists for nine points.

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02/27/2012 - 3:17pm
Valentine: Francona 'paid for saying stuff'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Asked about the comments by former manager Terry Francona suggesting that the Red Sox' clubhouse beer ban was a "PR move," current skipper Bobby Valentine -- who instituted the ban -- took issue with the proclamation.

"Any comments on that? You need a comment? My opinion, if it was PR move you mean?" said Valentine. "I don't know. How was it PR? Well, you know, I don't really have a comment on that. It means like 20 teams are looking for PR and that's why they're making good decisions. I don't have a comment on that."

However, Valentine -- who held the job of baseball analyst on ESPN that Francona is now performing -- did suggest that Francona was speaking from a different perspective as a media figure than he did as a manager.

"Remember, you're getting paid over there for saying...

02/27/2012 - 1:45pm
Fire at Fenway Park causes $100K damage

Editor's note: Amount of damage updated to $100,000 by Boston Fire Department at 12:41 p.m.

A small fire in the mail room at Fenway Park caused an estimated $100,000 damage, according to a tweet from the Boston Fire Department.

Firemen responded to a call at Yawkey Way at 11:26 a.m. to handle a fire on the second floor, in the administrative office area. The cause was an electrical short circuit near a wall-mounted light fixture. Most of the damage was caused by smoke and water.

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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