Cherington on Varitek

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Cherington on Varitek

FORT MYERS, Fla. Will Tim Wakefield be joined in retirement by Jason Varitek?

With pitchers and catchers reporting Sunday, the Red Sox are still not sure if Varitek, who was offered a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp, will be among them. But general manager Ben Cherington is leaning against that.

I dont have anything to report, Cherington said after Wakefields retirement ceremony Friday. Report date for pitchers and catchers is on Sunday. Im not expecting any additions to the roster at this point. I dont have anything to report.

Because I dont expect any additions, I guess I expect that he wont be here on Sunday. But thats something, again, that weve agreed with Jason to continue to talk to him and let him make that decision. And he needs to make that on his own, and I respect that.

Cherington, who said there is not a hard deadline on Variteks offer, has been in touch with the catcher and more recently his agent, Scott Boras.

The Sox have tried to respect the uniqueness of the situations for both Varitek and Wakefield, and what they have meant to the organization over their lengthy careers and tenures with the team 17 seasons for Wakefield, 15 for Varitek -- allowing them extra latitude in making their decisions.

Varitek appeared in 68 games for the Sox last season, batting .221 with 11 home runs, 36 RBI, a .300 on-base percentage, and .423 slugging percentage. But in nine games in September, he hit just .077 (2-for-26) with a home run, four RBI, and 11 strikeouts, well off his monthly high last season when he hit .333 (15-for-45) in May with two home runs, seven RBI, and 12 strikeouts.

We told Varitek that there was an opportunity to come to camp and gave him, as we did with Tim, gave him as much of the landscape as we could, Cherington said. In terms of what that would mean, again unique situation, to put that in the players court and not normally what wed do. But in these two particular cases we felt that there was merit to doing it that way because of what they meant to the team.

The Sox currently have Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kelly Shoppach, Ryan Lavarnway, and Luis Exposito on the 40-man roster, with Dan Butler and Max St. Pierre in camp as non-roster invitees.

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.

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