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08/19/2012 - 10:11am
Report: Shoppach wrote text to owners

According to a report in the New York Daily News, Kelly Shoppach was the author of a text message sent to Sox owners from the phone of Adrian Gonzalez in July. A Yahoo! report from Jeff Passan suggested that Adrian Gonzalez sent the text message to owners, a message that was critical of Bobby Valentine for leaving Jon Lester in a game to allow 11 runs to the Blue Jays on July 22. A meeting between players and ownership in New York took place just days after the message was sent, a meeting that did not include Valentine.

Multiple sources told the Daily News that Gonzalez was not involved with crafting the language in the text message. “The text message was not his idea or his opinion . . . or his words,” one source said. Multiple players complained about Valentine -- including Shoppach...

08/18/2012 - 6:20pm
Lester leads Sox past Yankees

NEW YORK -- Jon Lester has a gruesome record and ERA, but on the road, he's remained an ace.

That continued on Saturday, as for the sixth time in 11 road starts, Lester held his opponents to one or no runs. He fired seven innings and permitted just one run on five hits, with the Yankees going 0-for-9 against him with runners in scoring position, as the Red Sox claimed a 4-1 victory in New York. Though Lester struggled out of the gate, giving up a leadoff walk to Derek Jeter and a single to Nick Swisher out of the chute, he settled by punching out a pair of Yankees to wiggle out of the threat. From there, his combination of a low- to mid-90s fastball, a nasty curve with late downward bite against right-handers and a sharp curve kept the Yankees lineup unbalanced. On the year, Lester is now 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA on the road.

The left-hander got all the run support he needed in the first inning, when Adrian Gonzalez launched a two-run homer (his 14th of...

08/18/2012 - 4:02pm
Farrell: No comment on Sox 'speculation'

Blue Jays manager John Farrell, asked about the possibility of managing for a Red Sox team for whom he served as pitching coach from 2007-10 (a run that included three postseason berths and a World Series), declined comment to reporters in Toronto.

"I'm under contract here," Farrell told reporters.

From the story of Shi Davidi of SportsNet:

Asked if he was aware of the speculation, he responded "That's the operative word - speculation. I'm not going to comment on speculation or conjecture," before abruptly ending the session.

Meanwhile, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos noted that Toronto changed its policy last offseason to allow team employees to change organizations only in the event of a promotion rather than a lateral move.

"If there are rumours in Taiwan, if there are rumours in...

08/18/2012 - 3:42pm
Valentine: 'I'm not doing a good job'

NEW YORK -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, asked for the criteria that go into a determination of whether or not a manager is doing a good job, declined to speak broadly on the topic. However, he took the line of inquiry as an opportunity to offer a very critical self-assessment.

"I only manage. I'm not going to assess managers. That's for all you guys and other people. That's not my job," said Valentine. "I'm not smart enough to give you a good answer on that. As far as my job’s concerned, whether I’m doing a good job, I’m not doing a good job. I didn’t get paid to do anything other than get to the playoffs, win a lot of games, be in the thick of things right down to the end, even be in first place. The team I’m managing is not there. My job has not been a good job, if I had to assess. But that’s not what I do. It's not my job."

While Valentine suggested that he is not meeting the...

08/18/2012 - 3:20pm
Sox prospect Johnson hit in face by liner

Red Sox left-hander Brian Johnson, a first round selection by the team in this year's draft, was hit in the face by a line drive up the middle while pitching for the Short-Season Single-A Lowell Spinners on Saturday as part of the Futures at Fenway doubleheader showcase of Red Sox minor league teams. Eyewitnesses said that he had movement, but struggled to get on the stretcher without assistance. Still, he waved to the Fenway crowd before being taken to the hospital.

According to a Red Sox spokesperson, the 21-year-old out of the University of Florida suffered multiple orbital fractures to the left side of his face. However, he was alert at the hospital -- where he was resting comfortably -- and showed no signs of a concussion.

Johnson entered the game having made three scoreless appearances to start his professional career, with 5 1/3 scoreless innings on his resume. He'd struck out four, walked one and permitted two hits in Lowell.

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