If there was a woodshed, it's safe to say that Lou Merloni would take Bobby Valentine out to it.
This, after Valentine's latest strange move -- pinch-hitting Daniel Nava for Jose Iglesias with a 2-2 count.
"I think it's an absolute joke. What you did was embarrass the player," Merloni said to CSNNE's Jessica Moran.
"It's absolutely ridiculous, I've never seen it before," he continued. "It's embarrassing to the kid and I guarantee if you asked the players off the record, they'd say the same damn thing."
Merloni says they should have fired Valentine "two or three weeks ago".
Jared Carrabis says he was told that some Boston Red Sox coaches were not happy with the way John Farrell was over-using Craig Kimbrel, perhaps because he was trying to save his job.
BOSTON - Parker Bidwell pitched a solid 6 2/3 innings and Los Angeles scored three runs after its challenge overturned an inning-ending double play in the second, leading the Angels to a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
Ben Revere had three singles and Kaleb Cowart drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which won two of three against the Red Sox for its fifth series win in the last six.
Doug Fister (0-1) lost his Red Sox debut, giving up three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He was signed by Boston on Friday after being released by the Angels.
Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. each hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost their second straight at Fenway Park after winning 10 of the previous 12.
Bidwell (2-0) gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out four without issuing a walk. Yusmeiro Petit pitched two scoreless innings for his first save.