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Martinez will catch Matsuzaka

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  September 25, 2009 11:51 PM

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Red Sox staff members told Victor Martinez he will catch Daisuke Matsuzaka tomorrow, Martinez said tonight before leaving Yankee Stadium. Manager Terry Francona acknowledged the possibility before the 9-5 loss to the Yankees.

Martinez, and Jason Varitek, catching Martinez is likely another signal that the Sox plan to rely almost exclusively on Martinez as their catcher in the playoffs, assuming they win the wild card. Tonight, Jason Varitek went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and a double play.

Martinez has praised Varitek for his willingness to help him handle the pitching staff, and he said he and Varitek will meet and discuss Matsuzaka.

"I'm going to get with him tomorrow, and Daisuke," Martinez said. "That way I'll have a better idea of what to" expect.

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