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October 10, 2013

Ross: Salty has become on-field captain

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Saltalamacchia, who is eligible for free agency this offseason and prefers to remain in Boston, is having a much better year offensively here in ‘13. To go along with his 40 doubles, he batted .273 with a .338 on-base percentage, .466 slugging percentage and .804 OPS.

He still is not the best receiver and defensive catcher overall, but several times this year manager John Farrell has lauded Saltalamacchia’s improved play behind the plate and his handling of the pitching staff.

Saltalamacchia definitely is having a great time catching a staff that really is clicking at the right time.

“The guys have been pitching great all year,” Saltalamacchia said. “I think these guys feed off each other and they’ve all got something they can take from each other.”

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