Werner on trade, Cherington and Valentine

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Werner on trade, Cherington and Valentine

It has been a week since the Red Sox pulled the trigger on the blockbuster deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers.

In an interview with the Boston Globe, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner addressed the trade and other topics.

"From our point of view, we were very pleased with the result." said Werner about the blockbuster deal. "It was something weve been talking to the Dodgers about even in July. I feel like this gives us a real opportunity now."

Werner spoke very highly of the job General Manager Ben Cherington has done with the Red Sox this the difficult season.

We give him high marks in how hes dealt with the challenges this season, and hes going to be with us for a long time," said Werner about Cherington.We just have to be more disciplined. One of the things weve talked to Ben about is supplementing his staff with a few more evaluators. Im confident that well get back because now we have the resources and the talent with Ben, and under Ben, to do so.

One topic Werner didn't want to discuss is the status of manager Bobby Valentine.

I dont really want to get into that today, he said when asked about Valentine's season. I dont want to talk too much about him. But hes had a challenging year. I think, as weve said before, hes doing a good job.

Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello goes for win No. 23

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Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello goes for win No. 23

The A.L. East-champion Red Sox, still fighting for playoff position, field their usual lineup as they open David Ortiz's final regular-season series tonight (7:10) against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox (92-67) are two games behind the Texas Rangers (94-65) in the race for the best record in the A.L., with the Cleveland Indians (91-67) a half-game behind Boston.

Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.11 ERA), the likely Game 1 starter in the ALDS, will try to add to his Cy Young Award resume tonight. He’ll be opposed by right-hander Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.53).

The Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles (both 87-72) are tied for the A.L. wild-card lead with the Detroit Tigers (85-73) 1 1/2 games back.

It’s the final regular season series for Oritz, with ceremonies planned to honor the retiring Red Sox DH prior to each of the final three game this weekend. 

The lineups:

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Brock Holt 3B

Mookie Betts RF

David Ortiz DH

Hanely Ramirez 1B

Xander Bogaerts SS

Jackie Bradley CF

Sandy Leon C

Andrew Benintendi LF

Rick Porcello P

 

BLUE JAYS

Eziquiel Carrera LF

Josh Donaldson 3B

Edwin Encarnacion DH

Jose Bautista RF

Russell Martin C

Troy Tulowitzki SS

Justin Smoak 1B

Kevin Pillar CF

Devon Travis 2B

Marco Estrada RHP