Saltalamacchia remains behind the plate

April, 5, 2011
CLEVELAND—Jarrod Saltalamacchia was in the Red Sox lineup for the fourth successive game Tuesday night, manager Terry Francona reiterating his desire to give Saltalamacchia a chance to get on track after a hitless weekend in Texas.

Jason Varitek will catch one of the next two nights, Francona said, which means he’ll be behind the plate either for Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is scheduled to pitch Wednesday night, or Jon Lester, whose second start of the season is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field.

Saltalamacchia will be catching Josh Beckett on Tuesday night as the veteran right-hander makes his first start.

“I’d really like to get Salty going,’’ Francona said before the game. “He was so anxious, he was swinging at everything. Let him settle in.’’

Francona said he spoke with Saltalamacchia on Tuesday. The message: “Long year, settle down,’’ he said.

It was human nature, Francona said, for Saltalamacchia to have been overheated this weekend, especially since the series came against the team that traded him last July, the Rangers. Saltalamacchia went 0-for-10 with five strikeouts.

“This game will humble you in a minute,’’ Francona said. “I think there was a lot of excitement, maybe some anxiety. He had a lot on his plate. It was a tough couple of days.’’

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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