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MAR 9, 11:56a ET | Staff
Rotowire: Mar 8 / 8:36a ET
News: Varvaro pitched a scoreless inning in Saturday's game against the Twins.
Impact: The right-handed Varvaro was summoned to face three left-handers. After striking out the first batter, he induced two weak grounders. Varvaro has a good career mark against lefties (.196 BAA), and that skill will be a factor when manager John Farrell finalizes his roster. Another factor favoring Varvaro making the team is his contract status -- he's out of minor league options.
Rotowire: Mar 4 / 3:58a ET
News: Varvaro pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday, allowing a two-out double before getting a groundout, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The Red Sox were surprised that Varvaro became available and jumped at the opportunity to get him after the Braves designated him for assignment. He's made 123 appearances the last two seasons and established enough of a record to show he can be a valuable middle reliever. Boston sees Varvaro slotting in behind the setup guys. He's out of minor-league options and is a serious contender for a spot on the roster.