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Jonathan Papelbon had been the face of the Red Sox bullpen for what was getting close to a decade. But this offseason, as Papelbon took off for greener pastures in Philadelphia, a new face emerged as Boston's late-inning savior. Andrew Bailey came over in a deal from the Oakland Athletics on Dec. 29 and the Sox new closer never looked back. Bailey is upbeat about his first season with the new team and seems ready to take on the challenge of closing out games in front of a feisty Boston crowd. Bailey spoke at length about his recovery from Tommy...

Player Profile #13: Jacoby Ellsbury | OF | BOS

Jacoby Ellsbury won’t hit 32 homers again, but that doesn’t mean the power surge was a fluke. For years scouts have been waiting for Ellsbury to reveal the power that laid dormant in his bat, and last season he was able to make the necessary adjustments to become one of the most balanced — and fearsome — offensive threats in baseball. Personally, I’d be moderately shocked...

Aaron Cook Looks to Revive Career in Boston With Former Pitching Coach Bob McClure

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Aaron Cook sees the reminder every day. As he walks into the Red Sox clubhouse, the right-hander can't dodge the sight of the 2007 World Series banner draped over his side of the room. As a pitcher for the Rockies back then, Cook -- who was tabbed with the loss in the deciding Game 4 -- finished on the wrong side of history. Nearly five years removed from...

Red Sox 5x5 2012 Prospect Rankings

The Red Sox minor league talent is spread across all levels. It was a toss up for the top spot between a big league ready bat that will likely open the year in Triple-A, and an exciting power hitting infielder that is a few years away. If your preference if for hitters, enjoy the Red Sox organizational top five, as not a single pitcher can be found. Top 5 fantasy baseball...

Jason Varitek Proud of Career With Red Sox, Says His Goal Was to Always Be Good Teammate (Video)

Jason Varitek closed out his career with the Boston Red Sox in the same fashion that he exuded throughout his 15 years in Boston, with class. Varitek stood at the podium and expressed his heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for everything and everyone throughout his 15 seasons in the big leagues. But more than anything he expressed his great sense of pride and joy with all he and...

Jason Varitek's Friends, Teammates, Rivals Have Nothing But Praise for Catcher's Storied Career

When longtime Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek announced his retirement Thursday, a flurry of his former teammates, managers and opponents chimed on the end to his storied career with statements. Here are some below: Tim Wakefield: "Tek epitomizes what a true professional should be. He's been a great teammate, but more importantly he's been a better friend. The way he prepared...

David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis Give Unique View of Batting Practice From Atop Green Monster (Video)

One unforeseen bonus of creating a replica of Fenway Park at the new JetBlue Park is that it creates unique views for spring training batting practice. With a video camera perched atop the Green Monster at Fenway South, NESN provided a look at batting practice from a different perspective. David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis showed off their swings Friday. Check out batting...

Video: Full Jason Varitek Retirement Press Conference

In case you were working or otherwise occupied, here is the full retirement press conference of Boston Red Sox captain and catcher Jason Varitek courtesy of the Boston Globe. Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well.

Jenny Dell Examines Words of Ted Williams, Carl Yazstremski to Explain Bobby Valentine's Fundamental Approach to Red Sox

Bobby Valentine hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since. Everything at spring training thus far has been systematic and done with a purpose; including the video footage looped on the six clubhouse televisions. Valentine had Red Sox video coordinator, Billy Broadbent, produce different training videos to reinforce whatever the subject of the day will be; from pitchers...

David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis Keep Things Light As They Pepper Green Monster at JetBlue Park (Video)

David Ortiz appears to be in midseason form -- both in terms of hitting a baseball and joking around with his teammates. Ortiz was all smiles earlier this week when he took batting practice alongside Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Gonzalez at JetBlue Park down in Fort Myers. See more in the video above.

Sox beat up on the Huskies

AP-FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Cody Ross hit two homers and Adrian Gonzalez connected for another of the Red Sox's five home runs in a 25-0 victory over Northeastern in their first game of a doubleheader against Boston-area college teams Saturday. Ross had a solo shot to lead off the second inning and a grand slam in the fourth. Gonzalez hit a three-run shot in the second. Che...

Red Sox Lineup vs BC 3/3/12

Mike Aviles, SSChe-Hsuan Lin, CFKevin Youkilis, 3BDavid Ortiz, 1BNick Punto, 2BRyan Lavarnway, CJosh Kroeger, RFAlex Hassan, DHJason Repko, LF Felix Doubront, SP

Watch Jason Varitek's Retirement News Conference Live (Video)

Red Sox Nation gets ready to say good-bye to a legend on Thursday when longtime catcher Jason Varitek will officially announce his retirement. Watch the captain's news conference live on NESN at 5:30 p.m. or on a live stream here at Click here to see some of Jason Varitek's greatest moments >> Click here for reaction from Varitek's teammates on what it...

Player Quotes About Varitek

  "He showed me how to be a player with honesty, hard work and integrity without ever having to say one word.” - Jonathan Papelbon   “He taught me how to be a leader & showed me how to be a champion… It was a honor and a pleasure to have been his teammate.” - Johnny Damon   “In my 23 years of professional baseball I never played with or against...

Former relievers see action in Sox 'B' game

For the Red Sox, Thursday's nine-inning scrimmage against the Twins nonetheless gave them a bit of a soft launch into their exhibition season, particularly for two pitchers trying to transition from relief to the starting rotation.
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