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FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Alfredo Aceves is the odd man out of the Red Sox' starting rotation race. When Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine revealed the plan to start Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard in the rotation, the declaration ultimately signaled Aceves' return to the bullpen. Two days earlier, Aceves expressed his desire to crack the rotation, saying "it's like a dream to start." Unfortunately for the 29-year-old, Valentine elected to go in a different direction. "I like to be a dream maker, not a dream breaker," Valentine said. "He wasn't happy about it obviously and I told him he...

This Is Your Moment, Alfredo Aceves

Alfredo is not mad any more. That's good. That's the first step.The second step is to recognize the opportunity in front of him. I can understand the dream to be a starter, but now he has a chance to be the closer. The Fates have spoken -- or at least sent a few texts. As the link above notes, things could change.I think he should embrace closerdom. It's an honorable...

Red Sox' Starting Rotation Will Come Out Sunday, Manager Bobby Valentine Says

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Saturday that he plans to announce his final picks for Boston’s rotation Sunday. Once the decisions on the starting pitchers are made, the Red Sox can work on the plan for their bullpen, which is still “a little unsettled,” Valentine told’s Didier Morais and other reporters in Florida on Saturday. The question of who will take...

Alfredo Aceves 'Fine Now,' Feels Red Sox' Commitment to Daniel Bard Hurt His Chances of Starting

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– From the beginning, Alfredo Aceves never felt like he had a chance at starting. Not with the hoopla surrounding Daniel Bard's conversion from reliever to starter. "[Daniel] Bard, the organization wanted him to get the chance, so I've got no chance," Aceves said on Monday. "It doesn't matter how good you throw. You're still not...

Valentine says Beckett won't miss any starts

From ESPN Boston: FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he "totally" expects No. 2 starter Josh Beckett to make his scheduled start Saturday in Detroit, despite a right thumb injury he will be examined for in San Antonio. "He's had a little situation that he's taking care of today -- just for peace of mind," Valentine said.Valentine...

Red Sox RHP Beckett injures thumb, Aceves eyes start

Boston Red Sox righthander Josh Beckett will have his ailing thumb examined and is questionable to make his first start of the season, the team announced on Monday. Beckett participated in a controlled bullpen session on Sunday and did not report any issue. Reliever Alfredo Aceves was preparing to make Beckett's start on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers, ESPN Boston reported...

Your Morning Dump...where it's Melancon vs. Aceves

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. While Bailey is sidelined, the top candidates to replace him as the closer are Mark Melancon and Alfredo Aceves. Melancon is the obvious choice, as he was slated to be the set-up man and has experience closing...

Injury Questions Surround Andrew Bailey After Bobby Valentine Discusses 'Health Situation' in Red Sox Bullpen

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– There is uncertainty surrounding Andrew Bailey's health and status. Before Sunday's game against the Twins, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said "there might be some health situations" with a pitcher in the bullpen, but declined to specify the player in question. All indications point to Bailey as the individual. The closer hasn't pitched...

Season Preview Part IV: The X Factor

Unfortunately, it's not Christina. The X Factor is Bobby Valentine.Parts I to III were named after Earl Weaver's famous formula for success: "Pitching, defense, and three-run homers." Unstated in the Weaver version was his -- um - confidence in his own competence. With Bobby Valentine, we don't know yet.Here's my take on Valentine so far: he talks too...

Closer Bailey to have right thumb examined

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said closer Andrew Bailey will travel to Boston on Monday to have his right thumb examined. Valentine made the announcement after Sunday's 5-1 win over Minnesota Twins. Bailey, who was acquired in a December trade with the Athletics, has not pitched in a major league game since March 25, against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. He pitched 1 2/3 innings...

Doubront and Bard Are Starters; Aceves Sent to Pen

WEEI, citing the Red Sox, is reporting that Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront (pictured) will round out the rotation. Alfredo Aceves will return to the bullpen and isn't happy about that.Good news in general, to have this settled, but it comes with a bit of bad news: Andrew Bailey may be hurt, and is being looked at.

Beckett goes to Texas to have thumb checked

Josh Beckett went to Texas on Monday to have his injured thumb examined as Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he expected the right-hander to make his scheduled start at Detroit this weekend in Boston's second game of the season. ''He's had a little situation that he was taking care of today ... just for peace of mind,'' Valentine said. Still, right-hander...

Curt Schilling undercuts Valentine

Curt Schilling has become one of the most bombastic former players ever. The former pitcher seems intent on flapping his gums and being as controversial as possible. He has become the Rush Limbaugh of ex-players. And that is just fine. It is a free country and people can say what they want. But what he recently said about his former team and the Red Sox' new manager went over...

Red Sox Finalize Starting Rotation

Earlier today, Bobby Valentine announced the Boston Red Sox starting rotation. In order, it will be Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard. The first three are not surprising, but the Red Sox had several candidates for the final two spots. Doubront, a left hander, struggled last season with injuries and [...]
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