Valentine secure in job, believes he'll be manager through 2015

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Valentine secure in job, believes he'll be manager through 2015

BALTIMORE Bobby Valentine doesnt just think hell be the manager of the Boston Red Sox for the rest of this season.
His enemies on the Sox 25-man roster better cover their ears and avert their eyes because the embattled Sox manager believes hell be the skipper in Boston for the next three or four years at least. In a Lebron James-esque delivery Valentine started reeling off how many years he believes hell be manning the corner office in the Sox clubhouse despite a 2012 season where the ship is hitting the rocks. It sounds like he believes hell be around long after some of his detractors and critics are wearing different uniforms.
2014 and 2015 is what Im confident about, said a positively beaming Valentine, who is currently on a two-year contract with the Sox through next season. I have years of extensions out there.
Am I supposed to change my style? I used to sit around in the clubhouse and go to dinner with the players, you know? Things have changed and I give them their space. They know when they need me that Im in here. Im with them every day, every minute and every second of their lives.
Bad baseball, toxicity in the clubhouse and players looking to throw their manager under the bus have all been on the menu for this years team, but Valentine still has the backing of Larry Lucchino and the rest of the Sox ownership group. It appears the Sox ownership group and management team is sending the message that youre stuck with the manager whether hes well-liked or not, and it appears thats what the current group of players deserves.
Valentine said he regretted that Dustin Pedroia had to publicly state that he wasnt trying to get his manager fired, and that he has nothing but respect for his second baseman.
I feel badly that he has to have that kind of comment. Dustin is the warrior of warriors and one of the greatest players that Ive ever been around, said Valentine. For him to have to say hes to blame for something? Hes not to blame for anything. I think were in this together personally, and were going to get hot.
So, Valentine thinks the Sox are still going to get hot and that hell still be managing the Sox in 2015. One certainly couldnt attack the manager for his lack of unfettered and overwhelming optimism in the face of one brush fire after another.

Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz in 'attack mode'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz in 'attack mode'

CHICAGO -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-2 win over the White Sox:

 

QUOTES

"I think the most encouraging thing was after a couple of hard-hit balls early on, he was still in attack mode.'' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz.

"The biggest thing centers around his fastball. First inning, he might have been up a little bit. But after that, he was down in the zone and the curveball was a good compliment to that.'' - Farrell.

"Man, I tell you what -- he does it in such big moments.'' - Farrell on David Ortiz.

"If you could paint a picture, I think tonight would be just about what everybody would want to do.'' - Buchholz on his outing.

"I think everybody would be lying if they said they didn't see your numbers; you see them every day. (Being) 0-3 with a six-something (ERA) is obviously not where you want to be.'' - Buchholz.

"Hopefully, this is the start of something good coming out of him.'' - Ortiz on Buchholz.

"You feel like the luckiest man on planet earth - finally hitting the ball where no one's at!'' - Ortiz on beating the shift with a single through the shortstop hole in the seventh

 

NOTES

* When the Red Sox homer, they're 11-6.

* Clay Buchholz's win was his first since last July 10.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

* Mookie Betts has scored at least one run in 10 of his last 14 games.

* David Ortiz is now one homer from tying Carl Yastrzemski for second-most homers in franchise history at 452.

* Ortiz tied Gary Sheffield for 25th place all-time in homers with 509.

 

STARS

1) Clay Buchholz

After five straight poor outings, Buchholz turned in a gem, giving up two runs in the first, then nothing else for the next six innings.

2) David Ortiz

As he so often does, Ortiz delivered when the Red Sox needed him most, clocking a two-run homer in the fifth to turn a one-run deficit into a two-run lead.

3) Jose Abreu

The White Sox slugger belted a two-run homer in the first to give him five RBI in the two games in this series.