Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 7-6

It was early in spring training at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa when Jorge Posada said something that seems to resonate to this day.

“You watch,’’ Posada said. “Jason Varitek will play a lot more than you guys think. He’s the leader of that team. They’ve depended on him for a lot of years.’’

Those words are starting to gain substance.

Varitek continues to be a leader, and when he’s played he has contributed offensively, last night hitting his fourth home run of t...

The Red Sox were desperate for outfielders when they summoned Josh Reddick from the minors Tuesday. But they found a more suitable player yesterday, obtaining Jonathan Van Every from the Pirates for a player to be named.

Reddick was optioned back to Triple A Pawtucket.

“He and Reddick essentially kind of do the same thing. But we really didn’t want Reddick sitting here not playing,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “So you get a guy with a little bit more experience tha...

The run-prevention Red Sox were supposed to have trouble hitting for power this season. But they went into last night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles third in the American League in home runs, then hit three more.

“I’ve been shaking a lot of hands,’’ third base coach Tim Bogar said.

All three shots were needed as the Sox survived another bout of shaky pitching and defense to beat the woebegone Orioles, 7-6, before 38,017 at Fenway Park.

A six-run seventh — th...