Merloni analyzes the Sox managerial field

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Merloni analyzes the Sox managerial field

Bobby Valentine. Torey Lovullo, Gene Lamont. The three (known) remaining candidates for the Red Sox' managerial job. Who are these guys, really? What are their strengths? Their weaknesses? What would they bring to the table?

Lou Merloni should know; he played for Lovullo in the minor leagues in 2006, was a member of the Red Sox when Lamont was a coach with the team, and had lots of overlapping big-league time with Valentine. On Tuesday night's 'SportsNet Central', he analyzed the three men's strengths and weaknesses with Carolyn Manno:

BOBBY VALENTINE
Positives: Ton of experience. Wealth of knowledge of the game. Very good in-game manager. Disciplinarian.
Negatives: May be too much of a disciplinarian. (Will the players push back at all at how strict he will be?) Big ego. Arrogant. Known not to get along with the front office. Strong personality, unlike any other Boston coachmanager.

"He's Boston's new Rex Ryan if he gets the job," said Merloni.

TOREY LOVULLO
Positives: Great instructor. Great personality. Great voice. He knows the game.
Negatives: Lack of experience. Has only coached first base in the major leagues, and most teams like their managers to have had many different jobs (bench coach, third-base coach). May need "a little more time before he handles a market like this".

GENE LAMONT
Positives: Lot of experience; has managed eight years in the big leagues. Knows the game.
Negatives: Doesn't have the personality to walk into a room and command respect. These Sox may need someone stronger and more vocal.

Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello goes for win No. 23

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Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello goes for win No. 23

The A.L. East-champion Red Sox, still fighting for playoff position, field their usual lineup as they open David Ortiz's final regular-season series tonight (7:10) against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox (92-67) are two games behind the Texas Rangers (94-65) in the race for the best record in the A.L., with the Cleveland Indians (91-67) a half-game behind Boston.

Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.11 ERA), the likely Game 1 starter in the ALDS, will try to add to his Cy Young Award resume tonight. He’ll be opposed by right-hander Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.53).

The Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles (both 87-72) are tied for the A.L. wild-card lead with the Detroit Tigers (85-73) 1 1/2 games back.

It’s the final regular season series for Oritz, with ceremonies planned to honor the retiring Red Sox DH prior to each of the final three game this weekend. 

The lineups:

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Brock Holt 3B

Mookie Betts RF

David Ortiz DH

Hanely Ramirez 1B

Xander Bogaerts SS

Jackie Bradley CF

Sandy Leon C

Andrew Benintendi LF

Rick Porcello P

 

BLUE JAYS

Eziquiel Carrera LF

Josh Donaldson 3B

Edwin Encarnacion DH

Jose Bautista RF

Russell Martin C

Troy Tulowitzki SS

Justin Smoak 1B

Kevin Pillar CF

Devon Travis 2B

Marco Estrada RHP