Valentine secure in job, believes he'll be manager through 2015

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Valentine secure in job, believes he'll be manager through 2015

BALTIMORE Bobby Valentine doesnt just think hell be the manager of the Boston Red Sox for the rest of this season.
His enemies on the Sox 25-man roster better cover their ears and avert their eyes because the embattled Sox manager believes hell be the skipper in Boston for the next three or four years at least. In a Lebron James-esque delivery Valentine started reeling off how many years he believes hell be manning the corner office in the Sox clubhouse despite a 2012 season where the ship is hitting the rocks. It sounds like he believes hell be around long after some of his detractors and critics are wearing different uniforms.
2014 and 2015 is what Im confident about, said a positively beaming Valentine, who is currently on a two-year contract with the Sox through next season. I have years of extensions out there.
Am I supposed to change my style? I used to sit around in the clubhouse and go to dinner with the players, you know? Things have changed and I give them their space. They know when they need me that Im in here. Im with them every day, every minute and every second of their lives.
Bad baseball, toxicity in the clubhouse and players looking to throw their manager under the bus have all been on the menu for this years team, but Valentine still has the backing of Larry Lucchino and the rest of the Sox ownership group. It appears the Sox ownership group and management team is sending the message that youre stuck with the manager whether hes well-liked or not, and it appears thats what the current group of players deserves.
Valentine said he regretted that Dustin Pedroia had to publicly state that he wasnt trying to get his manager fired, and that he has nothing but respect for his second baseman.
I feel badly that he has to have that kind of comment. Dustin is the warrior of warriors and one of the greatest players that Ive ever been around, said Valentine. For him to have to say hes to blame for something? Hes not to blame for anything. I think were in this together personally, and were going to get hot.
So, Valentine thinks the Sox are still going to get hot and that hell still be managing the Sox in 2015. One certainly couldnt attack the manager for his lack of unfettered and overwhelming optimism in the face of one brush fire after another.

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told RedSox.com through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.