Valentine: No problem with Beckett golfing

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Valentine: No problem with Beckett golfing

BOSTON Manager Bobby Valentine had not had a chance to Josh Beckett about his May 3 golf outing before Beckett left Kansas City to return to Boston Thursday. The manager did talk to the right-hander today.

Yeah I talked to Josh, Valentine said. Hes ready to go, feels great. Im looking forward to the performance.

Valentine said it was not a big deal for Beckett to golf, despite the sore right lat that had scratched Beckett from his scheduled start on Saturday.

Ive never see a pitcher get hurt playing golf, Valentine said.

Again, I didnt think he was injured when he was skipped.

Valentine, though, acknowledged the perception of some fans that Beckett's golf outing was ill-advised.

Perception? I like everything to be perceived in the right light, Valentine said. Everything we do to seem proper.

There has been much anger from fans directed at the team this season, though. Valentine said he expected it.

I was pretty prepared for it, actually, because I was told there was a lot of negative feelings about last year, he said. The first month of play we havent done anything to erase those feelings. We have to play better and I think itll get better.

Its all my responsibility. I dont think because we were hurt . . . every game weve played I think the guys effort has been terrific and we just havent come up with enough victories and its all about my responsibility.

But much of the anger has been directed toward Beckett.

Im not sure I understand it totally but I understand frustration for sure, Valentine said. I understand desire for excellence and I have the same frustration and anger at myself for not meeting the standard. I understand some of it. Cant say I understand all of it because I wasnt here for last year.

Beckett is 2-3 with a 4.90 in five starts this season. Valentine said Beckett, who has not pitched since a loss on April 29 in Chicago when he matched a career-high with 126 pitches, could have restrictions tonight.

Depends on how it goes, Valentine said. Just as long as he doesnt have an excessive inning hes probably real close to being normal. Try not to get an extended last at-bat, thats for sure.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.