Former major league manager and current ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine joined The Big Show Wednesday, discussing Terry Francona's decision to play Adrian Gonzalez in right field and the risks of doing so.
"They're looking for some more offense, and this is a team that allows its pitchers to relax knowing that they're going to put up a crooked number. This is a way to try and do that," Valentine said. "I think that it is risky, as everyone knows and as Terry mentioned. I mean, my goodness, you're putting your MVP candidate in a foreign place where he doesn't really know the field that well. He's going to be chasing after fly balls. I'm sure he told him to just pick it up on one hop or if necessary, two hops and throw it on in and drive in a couple."
Valentine also expressed his feelings on interleague play, and said that doing away with the designated hitter would be better for the league. The DH has been around since 1973 in...
PHILADELPHIA -- Terry Francona met with the media on Wednesday afternoon and was asked about comments made by Peter Gammons during his interview on the Mut & Merloni show earlier in the day.
Gammons made the suggestion that the health of Lackey -- who takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park Wednesday with a 5-6 record and major league-worst 7.36 ERA -- is still an area of worry for the Red Sox.
"With all the problems with Lackey’s elbow, is this guy going to end up needing Tommy John surgery before August? That’s something they have to decide," Gammons said.
Francona quickly dismissed the idea that surgery is being considered for Lackey.
"He's pitching tonight. I don't have a good answer for that other than 'no,' " Francona said when asked if Lackey might need Tommy John surgery. "Guys go through aches and pains, that's the way the game is. If it ever gets to the point with...
PHILADELPHIA -- Clay Buchholz said before the Red Sox' game with the Phillies Wednesday night that there is a possibility he won't pitch again until after the All-Star break, which runs from July 11-14.
Buchholz, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his lower left back, was originally eying a July 4 return, is still feeling the ailment that put him on the DL June 19.
"If it doesn't get better in the next four or five days, I would say yes," said Buchholz when asked if a realistic timetable would have him coming back after the All-Star break. "I would like to pitch before then. I'm not going to go out there and hurt something else to overcompensate for my back. I'm going to try and be smart instead of just going out there and having a bulldog mentality."
Buchholz attempted his first side session since going on the DL Sunday in Pittsburgh, but the exercise didn't go as well as the...
PHILADELPHIA -- Cliff Lee told WEEI.com on Wednesday that the Red Sox had no contact with him during his time as a free agent last offseason.
"Nonexistent," Lee said when asked about the level of interest from the Red Sox last winter. "I think they were satisfied with their pitching, they weren't looking for pitching. Nothing with any substance to it, they were never serious."
Lee -- who signed a five-year, $120 million deal with the Phillies last December -- tossed a two-hit shutout vs. the Sox on Tuesday.
"I was open to whatever, but they were never serious," said Lee, who allowed just one run in his five June starts and is 9-5 with a 2.66 ERA on the season. "It was just never much of a thought."
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined The Big Show Wednesday to discuss his decision to play Adrian Gonzalez in right field against the Phillies. The move allows designated hitter David Ortiz to see game action in a National League park, as he'll play first base.
"To be complete honest about it, it's something I've been thinking about, and I don't want to do it very often," Francona said. "That's the truth. It may not be in our interest to win the game tonight. I don't know. Does the offense outweigh the defense? We'll find out, but at the least, it gets David a game, because that's important.
"He's had three at-bats on this trip. If he goes 10-11 games without playing, that's going to kill him, and that's no good. He's too important to our offense, so we're taking a little bit of a gamble here on the defensive side. Our lineup certainly looks a lot better, and it's good for David."
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