Valentine thinks managers shouldn't be involved in All-Star selections


Valentine thinks managers shouldn't be involved in All-Star selections

BOSTON -- As of Monday, designated hitter David Ortiz was the only Red Sox player that led the All-Star voting for his respective position.

But don't ask Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine to break down the All-Star Game selection process, which, for the starters, ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Valentine says he no longer knows anything about that selection process. And he also doesn't have any idea as to who is leading what category.

But based on a previous experience in which he managed the 2001 National League All-Stars in Seattle, Valentine doesn't think the managers should have any say in the reserves, once the fans vote in the starters.

"I had an All-Star game in Seattle, where, it was the most difficult six weeks of my life, prior to that All-Star Game, trying to pick that team," said Valentine. "And a lot of the burden was on the manager, for the extra players.

"I don't think the manager should have to deal with that."

Valentine said he's never received a call from an All-Star Game manager, regarding advice on which players to choose. But it was something he did when he got the chance.

"I happened to call every manager," said Valentine. "I managed for 16 years and I never got called by another manager. I called every manager. I got their opinions, and even selected people because of their opinions, as a deciding vote."

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:


"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.



* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.


1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.