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Martinez quick to catch on with Red Sox

Acquired nearly two weeks ago from the Indians, V-Mart now taking charge in Boston

Originally Published: August 14, 2009
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN.com

Playing first base at Camden Yards nearly two weeks ago, sharing the field with strangers and wearing the same colors but with a different team name on his chest, Victor Martinez envisioned a goal, in what was the first game of his Boston career.

Down the line, he saw Jason Varitek -- the gold standard of catching preparation and fundamentals -- effortlessly blocking balls in the dirt. It wasn't just the way Varitek stopped them; it was the control he had over them. Once the game ended, ...

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