Box Score Bank: Bobby V comes to Fenway


Box Score Bank: Bobby V comes to Fenway

Starting tonight, the Rangers are in town for a quick two-game series at Fenway.

But not so quick that we can't squeeze in a little Box Score Bank.

So, if you don't mind, let's go back to May 31, 1985

Ronald Regan had just started his second term as President. Witness (starring the legendary Harrison Ford) was tops at the box office, closely edging out Police Academy 2 (starring the legendary Bobcat Goldthwait). Everything She Wants by Wham! was the No. 1 song in America. Josh Beckett had just turned five.

Daniel Bard was an eight month old fetus, swimming around the bullpen of his mother's belly and ready for his conversion into m to convert into his new role as

And over on Yawkey Way, 35-year-old Bobby Valentine was managing his first career game at Fenway Park.

Final score: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1

Valentine had been hired on May 16 32 games into the season and didn't have much success in his first year. But that wasn't the case on May 31, as Texas brought home a 3-1.

Here are some quick bullets on this box score.

Mike Mason went 7.1 innings for Texas, and future Oakland ace Dave Stewart came in for the save. The Rangers took the lead on an eighth inning home run by the one and only Buddy Bell. Oddibe McDowell went 0-4.

For the Sox, Al "Nips" Nipper went eight strong innings, but obviously got no help from the bats most notably the top five spots in the order (Boggs, Evans, Buckner, Rice and Armas) who went a combined 0-19.

The loss dropped Boston to 21-25, but triggered an unbelievable run that saw them win 14 of their next 15 games and draw within 2.5 games of the first place Blue Jays. But it didn't last. They followed the 14-1 stretch by losing 14 of their next 20. Boston finished at 81-81, 18.5 games behind Toronto.

The Rangers finished 53-76 in 1985, but turned things around that next season with an 87-75 record. Valentine finished second in the 1986 AL Manager of the Year voting. John McNamara finished first.

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CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu are back together.

The two Cuban natives were teammates in 2012 when they played for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and now they'll be in the same dugout once again — this time in Chicago.

"To get the opportunity to play with him right now in the United States, it's an honor for me," Moncada said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm thrilled with that."

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Red Sox did their homework researching Sale's character on and off the field

Red Sox did their homework researching Sale's character on and off the field

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- In today's game, teams are sure to do their homework when bringing in a star player. For either a big free agent or trade acquisition, clubs want to know everything they can about the individual.

New starter Chris Sale passes that test for the Red Sox.

"There's always an on-field (personality) and away from the game (to consider),'' said Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox' president of baseball operations. "On the field, he's as competitive as can be. He's got an edge to him - a good edge. His teammates love him.

"Off the field, I've heard a lot of pleasant things about him. I've heard tremendous things from him as an individual. A couple of our guys in the organization know him very well and say real good things about him.''

Sale was involved in two clubhouse incidents last season - one in which he angrily confronted White Sox president Kenny Williams about his decision to limit the amount of time Adam LaRoche's son could spend with the team, and another in which he cut up a throw-back uniform with scissors.

"I think you do your checking to see what causes some things,'' said Dombrowski. "But after I checked things, (I'm) not really (concerned).''

Another benefit to having Sale is that he could potentially take some pressure of David Price, who struggled at times in his first season in Boston and perhaps tried too hard to validate his $217 million contract.

"I think it's always good for a club if they have a number of guys, top of the rotation guys, to take the pressure off everybody else,'' Dombrowski said. "Because you know that everyone has a bad outing here and there, and somebody else picks you up in that case. I think that's helpful. If we didn't have (another No. 1 starter), I'd still have confidence in (Price).''

It's possible that the Red Sox could go into next season with as many as four lefthanders in their rotation -- Sale, Price, Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz.

"It's unusual to have four lefthanders, potentially, in the rotation,'' acknowledged Dombrowski. "A lot of times, you're looking for one. But if it was four lefties, that would be fine. I think it's more important that they get people out. I'd be comfortable with that.

"I've really never been in that spot before, which doesn't make me feel uncomfortable. I don't have a driving force to make any trades because four guys are lefties. I think they're good lefties.''