Found April 02, 2012 on RedSoxLife:
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 much. That's understandable in its way, because he's made his living with his mouth for years. (Hey, like Christina! OK I won't do that again.) It's also understandable because he knew he was coming into a media-soaked market where his every word would be dutifully recorded and scrutinized. Wise enough to know he can't play the Bill Belichick role, he talked. And talked.Which is fine, but a tongue so finely stretched will eventually be able to reach the feet.We could argue endlessly that the players needed an anti-Francona, an asskicker. There's always sympathy for that view here in ...

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...

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...

Alfredo Aceves Not Happy With Bobby Valentine's Decision to Put Him Back in Bullpen, According to Red Sox Skipper

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...

Bailey Headed to DL

Andrew Bailey will miss the start of the season with a thumb injury and will be placed on the DL.  Bobby Valentine is going to go with one closer, not a closer by committee to replace Bailey but he did not announce who that might be when he met with reporters today.  Valentine's only update on Beckett was that he expects him to make the start on Saturday.

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...

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...

Andrew Bailey 'Possibly' Out for Months, According to Bobby Valentine

WASHINGTON -- The fortunes of the Boston Red Sox pitching staff took a detour Tuesday through Cleveland, where ace Josh Beckett and closer Andrew Bailey were both having second opinions on thumb injuries. Beckett is expected to OK, while Bailey could miss much of the season. "The good news for us is that their situations don't seem to be the same," manager Bobby Valentine...

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...

Red Sox closer Bailey out 'a while'

The Boston Red Sox are preparing to open the season without closer Andrew Bailey, who was having a second opinion on a thumb injury that could keep the right-hander out for much of the year. Manager Bobby Valentine said Tuesday that he thinks Bailey will be out ''a while.'' Asked if that meant days, weeks or months, Valentine said: ''possibly all of the above...

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 [...]

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...

Boston Red Sox 2012: Put CSI on Call

DATELINE: HUMOR! Experts that felt the Boston Red Sox were one of the all-time great teams during preseason last year have abandoned ship. This season experts are looking askance at the Boston Red Sox. Perhaps it has something to do with playing in a park that was dedicated the day the Titanic sailed into oblivion exactly 100 years ago. Experts may have also been put off by the...

Send Jerry Remy Questions Via Twitter to Be Answered Live on NESN During Red Sox Game Today

The start to this Red Sox season is right around the corner. And that means Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy are gearing up for what is sure to be another exciting year. Bobby Valentine adds vigor to the Red Sox clubhouse and has made some important adjustments to a Boston team that struggled down the stretch of the 2011 season. The pitching staff has undergone a bit of a transformation...
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