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Red Sox hire Jason Varitek

Updated: September 28, 2012, 3:49 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Jason Varitek has taken his first step in his transition from the playing field, the Boston Red Sox announcing that their former captain has been named a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington.

The announcement comes just two days after Varitek, 40, said he was "close" to coming on board with the team for which he played 15 seasons in the big leagues before retiring this spring, and ends speculation that he will be a candidate for manager should the Sox, as expected, ...

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