Bobby Valentine was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday morning, a day after the Red Sox moved to 39-35 on the season with a 5-1 win over the Blue Jays. Daisuke Matsuzaka did not earn a victory in the comeback win for the Sox, but allowed just a single run and six hits in 5.1 innings pitched.
"I thought his performance was better, he worked quicker, he threw more strikes with his breaking ball, he threw off-speed pitches when he was behind in the count and he challenged hitters with his fastball," said Valentine of Matsuzaka, who walked just one hitter while striking out five on Tuesday. "I don't think there's much more you can ask of a pitcher and that was a good job against a very good lineup."
With Kevin Youkilis now in Chicago, it would appear that there would be a more consistent lineup for the Sox, with Will Middlebrooks at third base and Adrian Gonzalez out of right field and exclusively at first base. Valentine was asked if the Youkilis trade makes his job easier.
"There's one less moving part, maybe even four less moving parts, depending on how many people were affected by the challenge to get everyone as much playing time as possible so they could remain sharp," Valentine said.
Gonzalez, who has struggled for most of the 2012 season, is batting .357 over his last seven games, including a two-hit game on Tuesday. Valentine was asked if the return to first base will mean increased production from Gonzalez.
"I think Adrian Gonzalez is going to have a super year for us when it's all said and done because he's a super player," Valentine said. "Regardless of where what glove he has on he's going to be a terrific player. Now that being said, I did say that he probably won't play the outfield until the World Series. So he taped up his outfield glove and wrote 'not to be opened until the World Series,' so he's not planning on going back anytime soon, that's for sure."
With Josh Beckett slated to come off the disabled list and pitch in Seattle on Saturday, Valentine mentioned on Tuesday that he is considering a six-man rotation for a short time. He expanded on the possibility of going with Beckett, Jon Lester, Aaron Cook, Matsuzaka, Franklin Morales and Felix Doubront with John Dennis and Dale Arnold on Wednesday.
"I think we can do that for this next week, yes, just keep everybody in the rotation, give the guys who have been there from the start of the season just a little break before their last start before the All-Star Break and keep everyone on the roster," Valentine said.
Mike Klis discusses Brady vs. Manning, Welker and Belichick, and the rest of the Pats-Broncos story lines.
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the big showdown between the 6-1 Denver Broncos and the 6-2 New England Patriots and the 16th edition in the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry.
Chris Price, WEEI.com, joins the show to talk about the Patriots upcoming game against Denver. Chris got in the the DB match-ups with Denver's receivers, some ideas on how to blitz Peyton, Welker's impact, and a prediction.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
John Buccigross discussed the World Series with the guys. Also, does he cry at movies?
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We listen to a tribute to the late great Mayor Thomas Menino who passed away at the age of 71. Produced by Joe Zarbano.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the struggling Bruins.
Dale and Greg Dickerson try and find new and exciting ways to discuss Manning vs Brady 16, including how each QB fares in adverse weather conditions.
Dale and Greg Dickerson take a few minutes to remember Tom Menino.
We look at four free agents the Sox might have an eye on, two on the mound, two at third base.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
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