Chicago White Sox defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-2

CHICAGO — Red Sox captain Jason Varitek acknowledged last night that the coming five games could be his final ones with the team.

“It’s there,’’ he said, his voice cracking with emotion. “That’s obvious. I mean, I try not to think about it and I hope you guys don’t ask me too much about it over the weekend. But it’s there. Definitely, it’s there.’’

Varitek, 38, will be a free agent after the season and is unlikely to be retained. Last night’s 5-4 loss against the Whi...

CHICAGO — The slip in the fifth inning, during which it appeared Josh Beckett’s ankle rolled and knee buckled, wasn’t a factor. The home run in the fourth inning — Beckett has given up six in his last three starts — was.

“I think what’s hurt him in stretches, he’s left the ball over the plate, they’ve been home runs,’’ first baseman Mike Lowell said. “It’s not two, three singles. Seems like guys were hitting home runs, and that hurts. That’s one, two runs right away.’’
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