Deja vu: Valentine managed a Sox-like collapse

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Deja vu: Valentine managed a Sox-like collapse

If Bobby Valentine is, indeed, shooting to the top of the Red Sox' list of managerial candidates, the team is -- according to Damon Amendolara -- ignoring a fairly significant piece of history:

Valentine once presided over the exact same time of collapse that the Red Sox endured two months ago. Except his team was allegedly smoking dope, and not drinking beer and eating chicken, in the clubhouse.

"You do realize that the RedSox 11 happened one other time: It was the Mets on 02, and that was withBobby Valentine," said the 98.5 The Sports Hub host on 'Sports Sunday'. "They had a huge payrollwith a bunch of veterans that were supposed to win the division, and theyfinished in last place, collapsed, with a ton of soap-opera drama.

"And it wasweed smoking, not chicken and beer, in the 02 Mets clubhouse."

For that reason, D.A. is not on the Bobby V. bandwagon.

"Its a joke! How can weignore this? The exact collapse that happened to the Red Sox in 11 happenedunder his watch nine years ago! . . .

"If theyre looking forsomeone to clean up that clubhouse, hes the wrong guy."

Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win

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Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win

The Boston Red Sox put up six runs in the first inning and coasted to a 9-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. led the way for the Red Sox with four and three RBI respectfully. Both outfielders had two-run home runs in the Sox’ big first inning.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up one earned run in four innings, his ERA for the spring is now 0.68.

The Red Sox are back in action again on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m when Rick Porcello makes his final spring training start against the Minnesota Twins.

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Infielder Marco Hernandez may make the Red Sox roster after all.

Fellow infielder Josh Rutledge, the presumptive 25th man on the Red Sox, suffered a left hamstring strain on Tuesday against the Pirates, according to reporters in Florida, including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

If Rutledge isn’t ready for opening day, Hernandez, a left-handed hitter, may have his crack. 

The question is whether the Sox would be comfortable without a right-handed bat to complement both Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland on the corners. Rutledge was going to give the Sox that right-handed look they sought. (When Hanley Ramirez's shoulder will be healthy enough to play first base is unclear, but isn't expected to be too long.)

Neither Rutledge nor Hernandez has played first base in the majors or minors.

A big-league rookie last year, Hernandez has done decently against lefties at the upper levels of the minors, hitting .328 vs. them at Triple-A Pawtucket last season in 67 at-bats. He hit .315 in 54 at-bats at Pawtucket, with a .318 average against them that season in 88 at-bats for Double-A Portland.

Rutledge is a Rule 5 draft pick who has to remain on the major league 25-man roster the whole season or the Sox risk losing him. Placement on the disabled list doesn’t affect his status unless he’s on the disabled list for a very lengthy time.

An alternative option is Steve Selsky, who has first-base experience, but he's already been optioned.