Found May 27, 2012 on NESN.com:
BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalez wasn't anticipating an early exit. After belting a single in the sixth inning of Saturday's 3-2 win, the Red Sox right fielder -- usually a first baseman -- was expecting to grab his glove and return to the field. Instead, he was pulled for pinch runner Che-Hsuan Lin. With the game deadlocked at zero, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine didn't want to take any chances on miscues in the outfield. But rather than move Gonzalez to the infield for Kevin Youkilis or Will Middlebrooks, the skipper took out his slugger. "I thought it was going to...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Adrian Gonzalez Starting to Find His Power Stroke, Claims He Now Has 'Consistent Feel'

BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalez scampered across the base paths, sporting a huge smile. Upon crossing home plate after his three-run homer, the Red Sox slugger showed a rare outpouring of emotion. At the time of the blast in Sunday's 4-3 lead, Gonzalez managed to lift the Red Sox to a one-run lead. Despite squandering the win in the ninth inning, Boston took solace in Gonzalez'...

Adrian Gonzalez Happy to Put Red Sox Ahead With Three-Run Homer, Not Happy With Loss (Video)

Adrian Gonzalez looked to be the hero Sunday afternoon when he bashed a three-run homer that put Boston ahead against Tampa Bay. But the Rays came back in the ninth inning to steal the win at Fenway Park. Still, it was a good sign for Gonzalez, who has struggled offensively this season. He said he was happy not that his swing looked good but rather that his hit put the Sox on top...

Bobby Valentine Has 'No Concerns' With Adrian Gonzalez Playing Right Field at Fenway Park(Video)

Adrian Gonzalez's recent experiment in the outfield has been a hot topic among baseball circles. The Gold Glove first baseman has put on quite the show in right field over the past few games, and he has looked like a natural out there. As the Red Sox return to Fenway Park, though, things could become a bit dicier in right field. The dimensions at Fenway add a more difficult element...

Bobby Valentine Knows Baseball, From Beanballs to Walk-Offs, and Red Sox Respond

Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine's words. Each game day, we will select a Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. Say what you will about what transpired Friday night between the Red Sox and the Rays. The plunking, the brawl, the accusations, the explanations -- no one is going to say what really happened...

Bobby Valentine Hoping 'Ghosts of Fenway Past,' Bench-Clearing Brawl Will Motivate Red Sox

Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. The Red Sox were engaged in an all out brawl on Friday night -- quite literally. The benches at Fenway Park cleared in the top of the ninth inning, and it was all but an old school barnyard...

Bobby Valentine Pushing Right Buttons, But Adrian Gonzalez in Right Field May Not Be Long-Term Fix (Video)

The Red Sox offense packs plenty of punch when Adrian Gonzalez, Will Middlebrooks and Kevin Youkilis are all in the lineup, but that requires some unconventional managing from Bobby Valentine. Gonzalez is a Gold Glove caliber first baseman who has little outfield experience, so the team obviously takes a hit defensively when he's put in right field like he has been recently....

Bobby Valentine Makes Right, But Risky Call in Possibly Playing Adrian Gonzalez in Fenway's Tricky Outfield

BOSTON –– The Red Sox took a notable risk by testing Adrian Gonzalez in the outfield. Now, the team plans to experiment with the first baseman by moving him over to the tricky right field at Fenway Park. Before Friday's game against the Rays, Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine insinuated that he would start Gonzalez there for Saturday's game. And it would be the slugger...

Valentine calls out Rays' coaches

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has called out the Tampa Bay Rays' coaching staff a day after the teams were involved in a benches-clearing scrum. Valentine said the Rays' staff escalated the situation that arose in the ninth inning of Tampa Bay's 7-4 win on Friday night after Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales hit Luke Scott on the right leg. He called their actions...

Bobby Valentine Rips Tampa Bay's Coaching Staff, Calls Them 'Immature And Out of Control'

BOSTON -- The war of words between the Rays and Red Sox dragged into Saturday. During Bobby Valentine's pregame news conference, the Red Sox skipper took issue with Tampa Bay's coaching staff's behavior during Friday's heated tussle. And Valentine didn't mince words, ripping into opposing manager Joe Maddon's staff. "I thought their coaches were really...

Sox manager Valentine calls out Rays coaches

BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has called out the Tampa Bay Rays' coaching staff a day after the teams were involved in a benches-clearing scrum. Valentine said the Rays' staff escalated the situation that arose in the ninth inning of Tampa Bay's 7-4 win on Friday night after Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales hit Luke Scott on the right leg. He called...

“What a Dump!” Fenway Park Strikes Back

 DATELINE: HUMOR! Bobby Valentine oversaw his team begin to brawl in the ninth inning after Luke Scott, sometime Fenway Park detractor, was hit by a pitch. Scott despises Fenway Park and gave an interview to that effect, which has ranked him at the top of the enemies list all season among the most arrogant of Boston Red Sox fans. At his postgame interview, Bobby Valentine insisted...

Your Morning Dump... Where Aceves has morphed into a dominant closer

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. The next day, in Toronto, manager Bobby Valentine sat in on a meeting the pitchers were having to prepare for the Blue Jays. His team was 0-3 and had allowed 26 runs. Valentine...

Bobby Valentine Thinks Dustin Pedroia Could Miss Time, Mike Aviles Believes He'll Be in Lineup

BOSTON –– Dustin Pedroia dove down, snagged a grounder and fired a pinpoint throw to first base. It was a defensive masterpiece, one that retired Detroit's Danny Worth and ended the fifth inning. But it also resulted in an injury. Following the play in Monday's 7-4 victory, the Red Sox second baseman exited the game with a jammed right thumb. Pedroia was likely undergoing...

Ryan Sweeney's Return to Lineup Just the Spark Red Sox Offense May Need

Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. Ryan Sweeney's bright Hollywood smile said more about the outfielder's excitement to be back in the Red Sox lineup than any of his postgame comments on Monday. After missing the...

Daniel Nava to Lead Off for Red Sox in Memorial Day Matinee Against Tigers

Another day, another lineup configuration. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has been forced to move some parts around this season, and he made a major change again on Monday, planting Daniel Nava atop the Boston order. Nava has played well since his arrival to the big club this season, hitting .286, and more importantly, getting on base at an impressive .448 clip. Mike Aviles, who...
Red Sox News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.