Valentine unsure about left side of infield

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Valentine unsure about left side of infield

BOSTON On Thursday night, new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine continued his offseason tour, which has taken him to all points throughout the United States, and destinations beyond. This time he was in Boston for a fundraiser to support Kevin Youkilis charitable organization.Valentine was happy with what he saw from his third baseman, whose season was cut short by injury.He looks good, Valentine said. And hes a very extensive, once, twice, and thrice over by our medical staff. He liked what they were doing and they liked what they saw. So thats good news.But, after the trade of shortstop Marco Scutaro to the Rockies, it's still uncertain who will be playing to Youkilis left on Opening Day. Nick Punto, one of Youkilis best friends, and Mike Aviles are contenders, along with Jose Iglesias.I have no idea how its shaping up, Valentine said of the left side of his infield. But I know how its going to be anchored. How Youkilis is going to be flanked, Im not sure yet. But Im confident itll all work out. I dont want to speculate on any of that stuff until I can get with my coaches, see what it is individually, collectively. Im confident it will be fine.But I never look at anything in a vacuum. I always look at how things work together. Lineups work together. Pitching and catching works together. Left side of the infield works together with the left fielder in how thats going to look. So its not an individual thing. But I think each individual position needs to be filled by a quality person at the major league level, in particular, on our team with the competition that were going to be facing.

Wright-Phillips scores 16th goal, Red Bulls beat Revs 1-0

Wright-Phillips scores 16th goal, Red Bulls beat Revs 1-0

HARRISON, N.J. - Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 16th goal of the season in the 55th minute and the New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 1-0 on Sunday.

Revs goalkeeper Brad Knighton saved Alex Muyl's shot and Wright-Phillips put back the deflection with a half-volley into the right corner. Wright-Phillips has 61 goals in 100 career MLS games.

The Red Bulls (11-9-7) extended their undefeated streak to nine games and moved into a third-place tie in the East with the Philadelphia Union. The Revolution (6-12-9) are winless in their last six.