Found March 19, 2012 on RedSoxLife:
From By:Nick CarfadoPORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine loves what he’s seen from catcher Ryan Lavarnway, but he’s not quite ready to give him a spot on the 25-man roster. Valentine, who has managed Ivan Rodriguezand Mike Piazza, said Lavarnway has made strides in all phases of defense. Catching instructor Gary Tuck has given the youngster good grades after he’s made adjustments.Valentine said the decision on Lavarnway is getting tougher, but as far as giving him a spot on the team, “I’m not quite there yet.’’It's good to see that Lavarnway is getting the love he deserves after his minor league stats combined to give him a .290 batting average with 32 HR's, 92 RBI's and a .939 OPS last year. With news that Salty has bursitis in his hip, Lavarnway could find himself in early catching duties for the Sox. If he can continue to improve behind the plate he could combine provide some much needed power from the catcher position.

Valentine throws some well placed jabs postgame

By: Gordon Edes/ESPN BostonFORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bobby Valentine didn’t need an admonition from a judge to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth after Monday’s 8-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins. The Red Sox manager spared no one, including himself, in a postgame analysis in which he skewered relief pitcher Mark Melancon with sarcasm, offered no protection...

Red Sox Profiles: Blake Swihart

For the first time in a few years, the Red Sox have a stable catching situation. Jarrod Salatalamacchia has proven his ability as a starter, and with a veteran like Kelly Shoppach to back him, and Ryan Lavarnway in Triple A, there should not be many issues going on at the catching position. Farther down [...]

John Farrell Dispels Bobby Valentine's Idea That Past Red Sox Pitching Coaches Didn't Focus on Limiting Running Game

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Controlling the running game is another priority on Bobby Valentine's spring training agenda. In recent seasons, Red Sox pitchers have struggled to limit baserunners from swiping the extra bag. Last season, Josh Beckett allowed 31 stolen bases under his watch. When discussing the strategy, Valentine attributed the lackluster fundamentals to past Red Sox...

Bobby Valentine Plans to Have Answers to Pitching Questions Shortly

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– The time to sort out the bullpen and rotation has come. With Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard, Aaron Cook, Vicente Padilla, Justin Germano, Andrew Miller and Felix Doubront vying for spots on the starting staff and available bullpen jobs, Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine plans to make cuts shortly. So far this spring, the majority of the pitchers haven't routinely...

Photochop Winners: Bobby Valentine Could Shake Hands With Bill Belichick, Bigfoot (Photos)

Bobby Valentine, or Mayor Valentine as many have started calling him, has been shaking hands and kissing babies since his first day on the job in Boston. Valentine's welcoming smile and friendly demeanor have lured many members of the media and Red Sox nation into an irresistible infatuation with the Sox new manager. But while Bobby V has been making his rounds and greeting people...

Maybe They Should Line Up by Height

I heard an amusing discussion this morning on WEEI, which referred to Lou Merloni's criticism of Bobby Valentine's lineup experimentation. Lou thinks Valentine should not have Jacoby Ellsbury or Dustin Pedroia bat at different points in the lineup during spring training, for the simple reason that everyone knows Jacoby will lead off and Pedroia will bat second. Let them get...

Red Sox Live Blog: Bobby Valentine Welcomes Old Friend John Farrell, Blue Jays to JetBlue Park for Rare Spring Night Game

8 a.m.: Bobby Valentine and the Red Sox will welcome old friend John Farrell to JetBlue Park on Tuesday, as the Blue Jays' manager enters the new confines with a surprisingly successful 13-4 record, so far this Spring. After a tough 8-4 loss to the Twins on Monday, the Sox will be looking to bounce back with some more enthusiasm and much a better effort out of their bullpen,...

Valentine won't rule out starting Iglesias

By: Ian Browne/MLB.comBRADENTON, Fla. -- Jose Iglesias, who batted second for the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon against the Pirates, remains very much in the hunt in the team's shortstop competition.The highly-touted prospect, who defected from Cuba in 2009, is in competition with the more established Mike Aviles.Before Wednesday's game, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was...

Bobby Valentine, Ben Cherington Encouraged As Daisuke Matsuzaka Throws First Live Batting Practice

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Daisuke Matsuzaka's return from Tommy John surgery took another step forward. Before the Red Sox' 8-4 defeat against the Twins on Monday, Matsuzaka threw his first live batting practice since the procedure. With manager Bobby Valentine, general manager Ben Cherington and pitching coach Bob McClure looking on, the hurler offered them reason to be encouraged...

Lester named opening day starter

Via "It’s nice to know you’re the first one out of the gate," Lester said. "It’s always exciting. It’s nice to get the first one out of the way as soon as possible so you can build off of that." Josh Beckett will start the home opener against the Rays on April 13. "The No. 1 determinant was the conversation I had with Josh where Josh...

Video: Jon Lester Reacts To Being Named 2012 Opening Day Starter

Earlier on Monday, Boston Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine named Jon Lester as his starter for the opener against the Detroit Tigers on April 5th. It's the second straight year that Lester has started on Opening Day. Valentine also announced that Josh Beckett will follow in the next game and barring a rainout, Beckett is in line to start the home opener on April 13th against...

Lester to Start Opening Day, Beckett Home Opener

Bobby Valentine announced who would be the Opening Day starter today and it is Jon Lester. Josh Beckett will get the ball on the Home Opener at Fenway. Lester was the Opening Day starter last year and even though Beckett had the best year of all the starting pitchers, Lester didn't pitch himself out of the spot. All in all, that seems like the fair and good choice. It looks...

Red Sox tab LHP Lester as Opening Day starter

Boston Red Sox lefthander Jon Lester will once again be the team's Opening Day starter, manager Bobby Valentine announced on Monday. Lester was Boston's most dependable pitcher last season, going 15-9 with a 3.47 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 191 2/3 innings. "Josh (Beckett) explained to me about starting pitchers and their Opening Day status or mentality or whatever,...
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