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Jason Varitek's return to the Red Sox is looking less and less likely with each passing day. Now the team's longest-tenure player, since Tim Wakefield's retirement last week, Varitek has still not reported to spring training nor has he responded to the Red Sox invitation to join the team this Spring down in Fort Myers, Florida. Tek's absence has left a void on the Boston roster, as the team's captain spot may be left empty if the Sox backstop of 14-years doesn't return to the team for 2012. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine addressed the issue on Wednesday, explaining that...

No sign of Jason Varitek at Red Sox camp

The invitation remains open for Jason Varitek to come to spring training with the Boston Red Sox. But there are no signs that the catcher and beloved team captain will accept. It appears that an era is coming to an end. While other stars arrived early, addressed the media, and have clearly bought into Boston's new regime - designated hitter David Ortiz waltzed in on Wednesday...

Vote: Who Should Be Red Sox’ Next Captain If Jason Varitek Doesn’t Return?

After winning the 2004 World Series, then free agent Jason Varitek signed a relatively team friendly four-year, $40 million deal to stay in Boston. The Red Sox appreciated Tek's loyalty to the team and rewarded the franchise's cornerstone backstop, appointing Varitek as the team's third ever captain. Varitek wore the "C" proudly on his jersey for the past seven...

Varitek remains absent from Red Sox camp, captain's era may be over

The invitation remains open for Jason Varitek to come to spring training with the Boston Red Sox. But there are no signs that the catcher and beloved team captain will accept.

Fade to Silence: Tek Not Expected in Camp

With neither bang nor whimper nor even a press release, the Jason Varitek era appears to be over.Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that Red Sox officials don't expect Jason Varitek to show up to camp.Career stats here. Below are some notable achievements, from his Wikipedia page.  MLB career Three time All-Star (2003, 2005 and 2008), one time starter (2005...

Red Sox Mailbag: Bobby Valentines' New Changes Should Strenghten Clubhouse

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The new Red Sox era has started. With a new general manager, a new manager, a new closer and a new complex, the team is opening up 2012 with a clean slate. As manager Bobby Valentine evaluates the position battles and lineup options, let's go over this week's mailbag. Where's Roy Oswalt??? Is he gonna be a Bosox? -@TonyChavez34, via Twitter Not anytime...

Valentine sets frenetic pace early in Sox camp

Go ahead and try to keep up with Bobby Valentine, whose zest for being back in uniform is literally there for everyone to see between the six practice fields that make up Boston's Spring Training facility.

Jon Lester Impresses Bobby Valentine, Daisuke Matsuzaka Has His 'Best Bullpen Session' of Spring

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitchers threw live batting practice for the second straight day on Friday. After pacing through all the fields at JetBlue Park, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was especially impressed with one of his veteran hurlers, who was throwing against minor league hitters, from Thursday. "I thought that [Jon] Lester had really nice downward plane, as they...

More thrown at Sox pitchers

When Bobby Valentine was watching Game 6 of the World Series last fall, he took note of Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis failing to execute a bunt in the second inning.

Clay Buchholz Excited to Play for Bobby Valentine, Bob McClure, Ready for Strong April in 2012

Clay Buchholz picked up his game before going on the disabled list last season. However, the righty wasn't pleased with the way he started off. Buchholz posted a 1-3 record and a 5.33 ERA last April, something he's working hard to make sure doesn't happen again. He's already thrown a number of bullpen sessions early on in spring, and he's excited to work with...

Dustin Pedroia Excited to get Back to Fundamentals of Baseball With Bobby Valentine, Red Sox in 2012

Dustin Pedroia, like many Red Sox players, is still trying to put the end of the 2011 season behind him. The diminutive second baseman feels like Boston is ready for a new beginning and that is starts with the fundamentals. Pedroia talks about his excitement to return to the basics of baseball this Spring and even though he hasn't spent much time with manager Bobby Valentine...

Josh Beckett, Red Sox Pitchers Practice Defensive Skills in Spring Training (Video)

The Boston Red Sox are getting right down to work in Spring Training this year. Bobby Valentine had his pitchers out in the field on Thursday, taking grounders and working on their defensive skills off the mound. Josh Bekcett, Jon Lester and the rest of the Sox pitching staff looked pretty good coming off the mound but hope to avoid so much defense come April. Check out the video...
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