Valentine 'waiting to hear' about future with Red Sox

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Valentine 'waiting to hear' about future with Red Sox

NEW YORK -- The 2012 Red Sox season was full of drama from the very beginning, and on the last day, it didn't disappoint.
Manager Bobby Valentine, who is almost certainly in his final days as the team's manager, said he hadn't anything about his future from the front office or ownership.
"I'm waiting to hear,'' said Valentine during his daily pre-game media session.
Asked if he was bothered by the uncertainty surrounding his status, Valentine said: "I'm just bothered the last six weeks to have to answer that question, without an answer.''
CBSSports.com reported that Valentine will be fired shortly after the season, a development that has been expected for some time.
General manager Ben Cherington, meeting with reporters in the dugout before Wednesday's game, refused to comment on the report, or on Valentine's status in general.
"I'm not going to talk about it,'' said Cherington. "We have a game tonight. We've said many times that Bobby's managing the team through the end of the year and we'll talk about it after the season. That's what we'll do. I'm not going to talk about it anymore than that.''
In his weekly spot on WEEI Radio, Valentine was asked about his relationship with some of his coaches. Asked if he felt if his coaches were loyal to him, Valentine said: "No.''
Asked if he thought some coaches undermined him, Valentine responded, "Yes.''
Though he didn't identify them by name, it's no secret that Valentine had a rocky relationship with bench coach Tim Bogar and bullpen coach Gary Tuck, along with former pitching coach Bob McClure, fired in August.
Asked during his pre-game session to expand on his thoughts about the coaches, Valentine said the sense that he was being undermined was "a feeling (I had) once in a while, that we weren't all on the same page... There were situations during the year where I didn't think it was all for one and one for all. Just a feeling, at times.''
Valentine offered that, as far as the team's performance was concerned, the friction with some coaches had "very little; I don't think it had anything to do with anything.''
Valentine maintained that, regardless of what happens, he didn't regret accepting the job last December.
"It's a great life experience,'' said Valentine. "That's what life is. It wasn't always an enjoyable experience, but it's been great, one I look back on and I'm sure I've learned from.''
He said that he "absolutely'' had the backing of ownership, and added that he "totally'' had the backing of Cherington.
"Ownership's been incredible,'' he said. "I didn't know very much of any of the three guys, but it seemed like when things got worse, one of them would always be there to say, 'Hang with 'em.' ''
Reflecting back on the season, Valentine said he would do some things differently.
"I wouldn't have made the Youkilis comment,'' he said, referring to a remark uttered on Patriots Day when the manager questioned whether Youkilis was as emotionally and physically involved as he had been in the past. "I would have been more prepared for the bullpen situation at the beginning of the season.''
Valentine said he "didn't expect that reaction'' to the Youkilis remark.

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.


 

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17. 

With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games. 

The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.