Yanks GM: Valentine a great hire for Sox

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Yanks GM: Valentine a great hire for Sox

The ambivalence regarding the appointment of Bobby Valentine locally isn't shared by the Red Sox' biggest rivals.

They had a great manager in Terry Francona, and obviously when they made the decision to change there, they just replaced him with someone who is a great manager in his own right, Yankee general manager Brian Cashman said Friday.

Bobby will be all in with Boston. He knows how to manage. He knows how to do the Xs and Os. He will be more than prepared, as he always is hes one of the smartest people Ive come across in this game in my short time . . .

Boston is obviously a great opportunity for anybody, because you have a team that can win now and a manager that is experienced with media in big markets, so it seems like a perfect fit."

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.