Red Sox acquire pitcher Anthony Varvaro from Braves

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 28: Anthony Varvaro #38 of the Atlanta Braves throws a pitch in the seventh inning the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Braves won 2-1. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

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Boston sent minor league righthander Aaron Kurcz and cash to Atlanta in exchange for the 30-year-old righty.

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Two of the stars of the 2004 curse-breaking Red Sox team  — Curt Schilling (left) and Pedro Martinez — are on Dan Shaughnessy’s Hall of Fame ballot.

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Xander Bogaerts shined during the 2013 World Series run, but struggled in the roller-coaster 2014 season that featured him shifting from one position to another. (Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)

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

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