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12/11/2010 - 1:47pm
Jason Varitek: 'Awesome' to be back

Sporting the World Series championship ring from 2007, Jason Varitek sat comfortably Saturday in his seat at the end of a conference table in room off the EMC Club at Fenway Park, declaring that he’s is more than ready to return for the 2011 season.


“It’s awesome, it’s awesome,” Varitek said. “Did I hope for it? Yes, I hoped for it and wished that it would happen. Did I necessarily this go-around, they may go in other directions? Yeah. I was excited I didn’t have to make that final decision.”


But he admitted that between the end of the season and Saturday, this was the off-season he actually thought he might not return as captain as the Red Sox.


“This, more than any time in my career, I had probably the most interest from other teams and it was probably in the same regards that they have a need for the same and have a same type thing and it might...

12/11/2010 - 1:06pm
Shaq to miss second straight game

Shaquille O'Neal will not play for the Celtics against the Bobcats Saturday night in Charlotte, Doc Rivers told reporters after the team's shootaround. Rookie Semih Erden will start in his place. Rivers is hopeful that Shaq will be able to play in the Celtics next game, which is Wednesday night in New York.


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12/11/2010 - 12:17pm
Source: Red Sox beat Angels' deadline

According to a major league source, the Red Sox finalized the seven-year, $140 million deal for Carl Crawford 10 minutes before an 11 p.m. Wednesday deadline set by the Angels. Momentum in the negotiations gained steam shortly after 8 p.m. when the agents for Crawford informed both teams of the parameters it would take to get a contract done. While the Red Sox did increase the monetary portion of their offer as the Angels' deadline approached, they had consistently been at seven years. For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at

12/10/2010 - 8:21pm
Red Sox make Varitek signing official
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox on Friday announced their recent signing of catcher Jason Varitek to a one-year deal. The deal was first reported earlier in the month by Sports Illustrated, who also reported the deal is worth $2 million. 


Varitek hit 232/.293/.473 with seven homers in 123 plate appearances last season with the Red Sox. In 1478 career games, all with the Sox, Varitek has hit .258/.343/.436 with 182 homers and 721 RBI. 

12/10/2010 - 6:43pm
Source: Crawford passes physical with Sox

According to a source, outfielder Carl Crawford passed his physical with the Red Sox on Friday, making the seven-year, $142 contract he signed with the Red Sox this week official. 


In nine seasons with the Rays, Crawford hit .296/.337/.444 with 409 stolen bases and 765 runs. He hit .307/.356/.495/.851 with a career-high 19 homers in 2010.


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