At the very beginning of the Red Sox managerial search, the name Bobby Valentine was raised . . . and shot down.
But now, six weeks and an underwhelming number of candidates later, Bobby V. apparently isn't looking so bad.
From our friends at Hardball Talk:
"Ken Rosenthal reports confirmedby Gordon Edes that Red Sox ownership has reached out to Bobby V. and that the interest is mutual. Rosenthal says that there has been a meeting between Valentine and one Red Soxowner and that he will meet with others soon.Pair this up with this mornings report that the Sox want someone with a lot of major league managing experience, and everything is explained."I can think of worse fits for Bobby Valentine. Hes a big personality and you probably have to be to wade into whats going on in Boston these days. Hes managed clubs with a lot of veterans on it. Hes interesting, so when he inevitably leaves hes the kind of guy were likely to hear all kinds of good leaked stories about."Its actually pretty perfect."
For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.
Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game.
David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division.
They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.
Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.
Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.
Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.
Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.