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Martinez joins Red Sox as assistant

Updated: August 16, 2013, 3:26 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

The Boston Red Sox on Thursday announced that former ace Pedro Martinez is returning to the organization as a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington.

Martinez, who joins former catcher Jason Varitek in that capacity, said he plans to spend a lot of time helping to develop players and collaborating with team brass.

"I've been away long enough now," Martinez said Thursday. "I spent time with my family, and now the situation is right. I think ...

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