BOSTON -- Valentine got somewhat testy when asked what his rotation would be for the Kansas City Royals series, beginning on Friday.
"Who cares who's pitching? Why is this such a big thing?" asked Valentine before Thursday's game.
He then admitted to Felix Doubront (knee) pitching for Boston on Sunday, and also said that Daisuke Matsuzaka (neck) will pitch somewhere, either Triple-A or Boston.
"Not here, necessarily," said Valentine about Matsuzaka. "He has a bullpen. Aaron Cook has a bullpen. We have Josh Beckett going out there. There's a lot of things going on, that, unless we just want to start some stir on something, I don't think there's any reason to even talk about it."
Valentine later said, "Matsuzaka's going to pitch... probably Triple-A."
For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.
Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game.
David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division.
They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.
Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.
Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.
Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.
Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.