Tito: No plans to match catchers, pitchers

March, 18, 2011
3/18/11
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the club has no plans to match catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek with specific pitchers. Instead, Francona said, the decisions will be based on health and production, with an eye on the opposing pitcher as well.

"We'd like to take advantage of the way 'Tek swings the bat righthanded, and the way Salty swings it lefthanded, although Salty swings it pretty well righthanded, too. A lot of it will also depend on day games after night games, things like that. We want to keep these guys as fresh as possible.''

That wasn't always possible in the past, Francona said, recalling how Varitek probably caught games where it would have been better to rest him to get to Tim Wakefield, who had his own catcher (Kevin Cash, Doug Mirabelli, to name two).

A couple of other tidbits from this morning:

* Outfielder Ryan Kalish will miss a couple of games, Francona said, to attend the funeral of his grandfather.

* Catch Luis Exposito is the father of a new baby girl. Mother and child are both doing OK.

* Jonathan Papelbon is scheduled to throw two innings in the minor-league complex on Sunday. Daniel Bard will also throw there on Sunday, either an inning or two.

* Francona said the team probably will hold off on more roster cuts until the Sox complete this stretch of split-squad games Friday and trips to Bradenton (Saturday) and Clearwater (Monday).

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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