Francona to 'EEI: 'Feelings hurt a little bit'

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Francona to 'EEI: 'Feelings hurt a little bit'

Terry Francona says it's "probably not my place to have an opinion" on the Red Sox' hiring of Bobby Valentine since "I left with my feelings hurt a little bit, so I probably have mixed emotions still."

Francona appeared Thursday on WEEI Radio's The Big Show and talked a bit about the end of his tenure in Boston.

"Whatever happened happened," he said. "I could live with myself. I wasn't the perfect manager, but I did things my way. For seven years and six months, it worked."

Francona also said the Boston Globe story that indicated his performance was hampered on 2011 by the use of prescription pain-killers made him feel "terrible".

"The people that know me that well knew that what was said in the paper wasnt true. It was obviously said to hurt me," said Francona.

"If there was one thing I was probably guilty of, it was protecting everyone in that organization. Everybody. I felt that was part of my responsibility, even to the point where in that last press conference, I said I take responsibility for this. I couldn't get to the players. I thought, 'Okay, I'm done here. I'll take responsibility and go away.'

"Little did I know I was going to be going away limping because someone cut my legs out from under me."

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Price tries to nail down A.L. East clincher in Bronx

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Price tries to nail down A.L. East clincher in Bronx

The Red Sox can clinch the A.L. East title for the first time since 2013, and do it at the home of their arch rivals, with a victory at Yankee Stadium tonight. 

Left-hander David Price (17-8, 3.91) takes the mound with the Red Sox magic number at 1. A Sox win, or a Toronto Blue Jays’ loss to the Baltimore Orioles, will give Boston the division title.

Brock Holt gets the start at third and Andrew Benintendi is in left field against Yankees right-hander Luis Cessa (4-3, 4.30).

The Red Sox (92-64) have the best record in the A.L., just ahead of the Texas Rangers (92-65), who have clinched the A.L. West title. 

The lineups:

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Mookie Betts RF

Hanley Ramirez 1B

Brock Holt 3B

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Sandy Leon C

Andrew Benintendi LF

David Price LHP

 

YANKEES

Brett Gardner LF

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Gary Sanchez DH

Starlin Castro 2B

Chase Headley 3B

Didi Gregorius SS

Aaron Hicks RF

Austin Romine C

Tyler Austin 1B

Luis Cessa RHP