Valentine: I've been dedicated to my job 'every day, all day'

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Valentine: I've been dedicated to my job 'every day, all day'

SEATTLE -- A defiant Bobby Valentine, hours after a contentious interivew on WEEI Wednesday, took issue with any suggestion that he "checked out'' on the season and insisted he had a good reason for arriving at the Oakland Coliseum less than three hours before gametime last Friday.
"If anyone in this room or any other room I've ever been in in my life wants to question my integrity,'' said Valentine, "I will ask someone to referee that situation.''
Valentine told WEEI host Glenn Ordway that he would like to "punch him in the mouth'' for asking whether the manager had "checked out,'' but maintained that he was doing so jokingly.
"(It's) entertainment,'' said Valentine. "Didn't I go 'ha-ha?' I don't think physical violence is necessary for 60-year-old people. I think it made the point, that there are lines that should be drawn in the sand when someone's trying to be professional and sounding unprofessional. Sometimes, it's better to be abrupt and then let everyone know (you're) kidding.''
Ordway had cited multiple reports that Valentine had arrived at the Coliseum after 4 p.m. Valentine was late because he had gone to pick up his son at San Francisco International Airport and the flight was delayed. Valentine then made a stop back at the team's hotel in San Francisco before traveling across the Bay Bridge to the Coliseum in Oakland.
Traffic and an accident on the highway leading to the Coliseum further delayed his arrival.
"When you talk about someone's family,'' said Valentine, "and you talk about someone's integrity, you draw the line of what should be done in the workplace. That's where I draw the line. And if on that radio show, I falsely accused anyone of being either unprofessional or disregarding the truth or the facts of the matter, my total apologies are out there. I did not mean to offend anyone.''
Valentine emphasized that he had already forwarded his lineup for Friday's game to the coaching staff -- as is his custom -- and had checked in by phone with the training staff to determine player availabilty.
"(I) got the stadium a little later than normal,'' said Valentine. "To see my son for a couple hours more, I think is more than worth the tradeoff of sitting around in my underwear in the clubhouse for two hours.''
He then recounted his schedule since being hired last December, noting that he'd had "two off-days that I've taken for myself,'' and adding he was dedicated to his job "every day, all day.''
Valentine also took issue with reports that highlighted his rambling at times non-sensical answer when asked about hitting Scott Podsednik third the day after Valentine's arrival was delayed.
"If I say I must have made a mistake by batting Podsednik third,'' said Valentine, "why wouldn't you say: 'What do you mean by that?' C'mon. I don't make mistakes putting out the lineup. The guy's hitting .345 and I'm going hit him at the top of the lineup. And there's two other guys who are going to hit at the top of the lineup; he's one of them. Just ask me the question.''
During the original radio interview, Valentine noted that he was often "miserable'' during his first season managing the Red Sox. Later, meeting with reporters, he softened his language only somewhat.
"It's been very trying,'' he said of the experience. "There's been a lot of obstacles in my way. I think I've jumped them and sometimes I've been knocked down by them. Just doing as good as I can do... all day long.''

Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches

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Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches

Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the day off and Christian Vazquez get the start at catcher as the Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to 11 games today against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. 

Andrew Benintendi replaces Bradley in center, Chris Young is in left and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.84 ERA) is on the mound as the Red Sox close in on the A.L. East title. Their magic number to clinch the division is three with seven games left. 

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.73) is on the mound for the Rays.

The lineups:  

RED SOX 
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Andrew Benintendi CF
Christian Vazquez C
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Eduardo Rodriguez LHP 

RAYS
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller SS
Mikey Mahtook RF
Corey Dickerson LF
Curt Casali DH
Luke Maile C
Richie Shaffer 1B
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Jake Odorizzi RHP 
 

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, killed in boating accident

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Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, killed in boating accident

MIAMI  — Jose Fernandez, the ace right-hander for the Miami Marlins who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. Fernandez was 24.

Authorities said Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach.

Chief Petty Officer Nyxolyno Cangemi told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard patrol boat spotted an overturned boat at 3:30 a.m. on a jetty near Government Cut. The bodies were discovered a short time later.

In the statement, the Marlins say they are "devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

"Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion," Red Sox pitcher David Price said on Twitter early Sunday.

Because the boat was on a jetty, the Coast Guard notified Miami-Dade police, which turned the investigation over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fernandez was on a 32-foot vessel that had a "severe impact" with a jetty, said FWC's Lorenzo Veloz.

"We are stunned and devastated," Major League Baseball said in a statement.

City of Miami Fire-Rescue workers were seen carrying bodies, draped and on stretchers, at the Coast Guard station after sunrise Sunday. The names of the other two individuals are being withheld pending notification of relatives, the Coast Guard said.

Fernandez was a two-time All-Star who went 38-17 in his four seasons with the Marlins, winning the NL's Rookie of the Year award in 2013. The native of Santa Clara, Cuba became a U.S. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami.

He tried to defect from Cuba at least three times — landing in jail after one of those unsuccessful tries — before eventually getting to the U.S. and going to high school in Tampa, Florida. The Marlins drafted him in 2011 and Fernandez was in the majors two years later.

The Marlins' game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.

"I'm still in shock," former Marlins player Gaby Sanchez said on Twitter. "The world has lost a remarkable person. You will be missed and my heart goes out to the Fernandez family."

© 2016 Associated Press.