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  At the time of the injury, Varitek was hitting.293 with 7 HRs 25 RBIs, with a.859 OPS[1] (on base percentage plus slugging percentage), which was the highest mark among American League catchers. 
  Using the base of the nine offensive positions (the field positions plus a DH), five starting pitchers, and a closer, objective statistical analysis looks at how much Boston has improved over the off season. 
  This season, the Sox are off to a better start offensively, ranking third in the league in runs scored, and home runs, and leading the league in the percentages (batting average, on base, and slugging). 
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