BOSTON Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was asked his reaction to the news that As right-hander Bartolo Colon has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.I just wish we got that loss back that he pitched against us, Valentine said.He was referring to the 3-2 loss on July 3 in Oakland.Colon and Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera are the two most recent players who have been found to be in violation of MLBs policies. Valentine was asked if he thought the teams records were tainted because of that.I wouldnt, he said.It seems that whatever were doing were doing properly , he said. And just like the Olympics have their issues and their system that seems to have worked well over the years, better and better, theres always some things that fall through the cracks and some people who think that theyre slippery enough to do that.It is difficult, though, for a manager to know what each player on his roster is doing.I dont think he can be responsible for what guys are doing personally, Valentine said. Its tough. I think its very tough. I managed in the 80s and 90s and probably my biggest regret in life is I didn't know more and figure it out better. Its a regret. But I dont know how I could have.Asked if he thought some managers looked the other way, Valentine replied:Probably. Im not sure. I dont think its in our job description to police things. Not only drugs and steroids. We try to get people to know the difference between right and wrong. We try to surround ourselves with those people who do that. After that, I think its difficult to try to police it.
CINCINNATI - Mitch Moreland ended his long slump with a three-run homer, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox took another step toward a second straight AL East title, beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday.
Boston has won 13 of 16, holding off the Yankees as it tries to win back-to-back East titles for the first time since divisional realignment in 1969. The Red Sox have their best record of the season at 90-64, reaching 90 wins for the second year in a row.
They remain four games in front of the Yankees, who beat Toronto 5-1.
Moreland was in an 0-for-19 slump when he connected off Robert Stephenson (5-6) in the sixth inning, his 20th homer of the season but only his second in September. The Red Sox are last in the AL with 160 homers.
Rodriguez (6-6) has given up two or fewer earned runs in each of his last four starts, the best stretch of his career. The left-hander gave up three singles and two walks in 7 2/3 innings, his longest outing since May 21.
The Red Sox have shutout victories in three of their last four games, including two at Baltimore. They are 7-1 on a trip that ends Sunday. Boston wraps up the regular season at Fenway Park with three games against Toronto and four against Houston.
Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who grew up in suburban Madeira and had hundreds of relatives and friends in the stands for the series, singled home a run in the seventh at the ballpark where he regularly attended games as a youth.
Mookie Betts, who fouled a ball off his left foot Friday night, and Dustin Pedroia, who has been bothered by a knee injury almost all season, were out of the Red Sox lineup Saturday against the Reds in Cincinnati.
Chris Young started in right field for Betts and Brock Holt at second base for Pedroia.
Betts was scratched from the original lineup but was a late scratch. Pedroia, who had been getting intermittent days off to rest his knee was originally expected to play but needed treatement and hopes to be able to play Sunday, according to Scott Lauber of ESPN.
Manager John Farrell told reporters, including Christopher Smith of MassLive.com, that Betts "was hindered by it last night in the second half of that game. [He] woke up a little bit more sore. Went through treatment. But felt it was best to give him a day to fully recover and get some additional treatment."
The manager added that Betts was available to pinch hit Saturday and did not have X-rays, but that step could be taken if there's no improvement in the next 24 hours.