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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.

Sale gets strikeout No. 300 as Red Sox shut out O's, 9-0

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Sale gets strikeout No. 300 as Red Sox shut out O's, 9-0

BALTIMORE - Chris Sale struck out 13 to become the first AL pitcher in 18 years to reach the 300 mark, and the Boston Red Sox moved to the brink of clinching a playoff berth by beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Sale (17-7) reached the milestone on his last pitch, a called third strike against Ryan Flaherty to end the eighth inning. The last AL pitcher to fan 300 batters in a season was Boston's Pedro Martinez in 1999, when he set a club record with 313.

Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero homered for the Red Sox, who reduced their magic number for reaching the postseason to one. If the Angels lost to Cleveland later Wednesday night, Boston would be assured no worse than a wild-card spot in the AL playoffs.

The Red Sox, of course, would prefer to enter as AL East champions. They hold a three-game lead over the second-place Yankees with 10 games left.

After winning two straight 11-inning games over the skidding Orioles, Boston jumped to a 6-0 lead in the fifth and coasted to its 11th win in 14 games.

Sale notches his 300th strikeout of the season

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Sale notches his 300th strikeout of the season

BALTIMORE — One of the greatest seasons for a pitcher in Red Sox history saw a milestone toppled Wednesday night. 

In a dominant start vs. the Orioles at Camden Yards, Chris Sale became the first American League pitcher this century to strike out 300 batters in a season. He also put himself in striking distance of the Red Sox single-season record for Ks, 313.

Sale is the 14th different pitcher since 1920 to reach the 300 mark. The only other pitcher to do so in a Red Sox uniform was Pedro Martinez, who set the club record of 313 in 1999.

Sale was at 12 strikeouts and 99 pitches through seven innings Wednesday night with the Sox ahead 6-0. The offense added two more runs in the top of the inning, prompting Sox manager John Farrell to warm up righty Austin Maddox.

But Sale nonetheless took the mound. The first two batters of the inning grounded out. On a 2-2 pitch to the left-handed hitting Ryan Flaherty, Sale threw a front-door slider that caught Flaherty looking. It was his 111th pitch of the night.

Sale has two more scheduled starts, although he may only make one more. 

His final appearance of the regular season projects to be Game No. 162 against the Astros. If the Sox have the American League East wrapped up, Sale could well be held out of that game. 

The Sox and Astros meet for four games to end the regular season at Fenway Park, and may be first-round opponents if the Indians maintain the best record in the AL and therefore home field advantage.

The last time a pitcher in either league struck out 300 was 2015, when Clayton Kershaw did so for the Dodgers.

Sale was in line for his 17th win Wednesday, tying his career high.