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Red Sox Catcher Jason Varitek to Announce Retirement, Globe Says

Catcher Jason Varitek, who helped lead Boston to two World Series championships and was Red Sox captain from 2005-11, will announce his retirement today at the team’s spring training camp, the Boston Globe reported.

Varitek, 39, is expected to stay with the team to begin his post-playing career, the Globe said, without revealing where it got the information. His announcement will come at the team’s camp in Fort Myers, Florida, the newspaper said.

Red Sox spokeswoman Pam Ganley didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Varitek was a three-time All-Star in 15 Major League Baseball seasons, all with the Red Sox. His career batting average was .256, with 193 home runs and 757 runs batted in.

Carl Yastrzemski (23 seasons), Ted Williams (19) and Jim Rice (16) are the only players who had longer Red Sox tenures while spending their entire career in Boston.

Varitek played in 63 postseason games for Boston, helping the Red Sox to the 2004 and 2007 World Series titles.

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