Rookie Ryan Lavarnway Continues to Pick Brains of Red Sox Catchers in Preparation for Major Role With Team


Either Jason Varitek or Jarrod Saltalamacchia has started every game at catcher for the Red Sox this season. Until Tuesday.

In what is the biggest game of the season thus far for the Red Sox, manager Terry Francona turned to 24-year-old Ryan Lavarnway. And not only is it different to see someone besides Tek or Salty behind the plate, it marks Lavarnway's first major league start at catcher.

Prior to Tuesday night's big game, Lavarnway said that he's talked with Varitek and Saltalamacchia a lot since arriving in Boston in an effort to pick their brains. He also said that he studied Varitek's scouting report notes as if he were back in school in preparation for his first start behind the dish.

To hear more from Lavarnway, check out the video above.

Aetna Strikeouts for A Cause

For every strikeout by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park in June, Aetna will donate $250 to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Through June 25, the donation mark stands at $30,000.

Through their continued efforts in the local community, Aetna is helping to build a healthier world -- one city and one strikeout at a time.

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