New Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan happy to return home

Andover’s Ryan Hanigan is back in the area; he’ll back up Christian Vazquez next season as Red Sox catcher.

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Hanigan, who played high school ball in Andover, was acquired by the Padres Friday and then dealt to the Red Sox.

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is one of a number of Cuban players who have defected in recent years.

NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Will MLB, Cuba be able to play ball?

It’s too early to know what type of relationship may develop in the wake of last week’s historic announcement.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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The Sox filled a need by acquiring veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan, an Andover High product.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/maeda_RedSox_spt1.jpg Rick Porcello ready to make new memories at Fenway Park

The Red Sox’ new pitcher knows his first outing in Boston back in 2009 will always be remembered for his fight with Kevin Youkilis.

Peter Abraham | Video

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Peter Abraham reviews the Red Sox’ additions, and what their remaining options are to fill out the staff.

Paul Swydan | Statistically Thinking

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Comparing Red Sox newcomer Rick Porcello to pitchers ahead of him in stat projections for next season might change your perception of him.

Past Red Sox games

Chris Young scored in the seventh inning on a double by Jose Pirela.

Yankees 9, Red Sox 5

Red Sox end season on a losing note

The Red Sox won the ceremony, as they so often do. But then as they so often did during this sidetracked season, the Sox then lost the game.