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08/01/2012 - 2:31pm
Bobby V on Olney: 'Who gives a darn?'

Appearing on The Big Show on Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine responded to ESPN analyst Buster Olney's contention on Mut & Merloni that there was discontent in the clubhouse by saying it was "absolutely ridiculous."

"He's also discontent that I wouldn't go on the show with him when he does Sunday Night Baseball and he's crying a little here because I wouldn't let him interview me in the fourth inning," Valentine said. "So, we have to understand the source here. I understand Buster. He's really a hard-working guy. He's so hard-working he's always on these talk shows that he has to make sure he's gathering information for you guys. Who gives a darn what he says about that situation?

"Why don't we hear about Kirk Gibson and how many of the players don't like him or about Jim Leyland and who's upset with...

08/01/2012 - 2:18pm
Lineup: Kalish returns, Ross to DH

Ryan Kalish will make his return to the Red Sox lineup as they play the third game of their series with the Tigers at Fenway. Kalish hit .217/.238/250 in 60 at-bats with the Sox before returning to the minors on July 7. He was recalled after Ryan Sweeney injured his hand punching a dugout wall during Monday's game.

With Kalish in right, Cody Ross will assume designated hitter duties and Jarrod Salatlamacchia will take over behind the plate for pitcher Aaron Cook. Here's the rest of the lineup that will face Tiger starter Rick Porcello:

Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross DH
Saltalamacchia C
Middlebrooks 3B
Kalish RF
Ciriaco SS

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/01/2012 - 2:01pm
Bobby V: Beckett DL stint unlikely

Appearing as a guest on The Big Show on Wednesday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he didn't think Josh Beckett would require a trip to the disabled list after his back tightened up in the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

"I doubt that. It doesn't seem like a DL," Valentine said. "But again, when Josh left last night he was tight. The trainer's report so far today and Ben [Cherrington] had talked to Josh, was it just a little tight and we'll take it, as we do, day by day."

Beckett had retired the first eight hitters but ran into trouble in the third inning. Valentine said that Beckett may have hit a different landing spot on the mound, which was already beginning to get wet from rain. 

As for the boos that Beckett heard when he left the game, Valentine said, "I have a lot of other things to worry about. Josh is a big boy and we're all big boys and I've been booed, other guys have been...

08/01/2012 - 12:42pm
Olney on M&M: Beckett likely still in play

Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni for his weekly appearance on Wednesday afternoon and said Josh Beckett's name likely will still be associated with trade rumors in August.

The July 31 trade deadline has passed, but teams can still place players on waivers and trade them if they go unclaimed.

"I put Josh Beckett on a list today, when I wrote a column about 10 guys' names who will come up on trade conversation," Olney said. "That doesn't mean they're necessarily going to be traded, but just because of his stature, because we've already heard him once before and it's clear that there is some interest from other teams that at some level, probably with the Red Sox taking out a lot of money, I have no doubt that Josh's name is going to come up again in the month of August that day when his name hits the waiver wire."

Olney noted that Beckett's injuries could cause teams to stay away from...

08/01/2012 - 11:16am
Rivers takes responsibility for Allen leaving

Celtics coach Doc Rivers, in London to handle analysis of the Olympic basketball competition for NBC, said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports that he deserves some blame for Ray Allen's decision to leave for the Heat as a free agent.

Rivers said his decisions to use Allen off the bench late in the season and allow Rajon Rondo more freedom with the ball were the key factors in Allen leaving.

"People can use all the Rondo stuff – and it was there, no doubt about that – but it was me more than Rondo," Rivers told Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. "I'm the guy who gave Rondo the ball. I'm the guy who decided that Rondo needed to be more of the leader of the team. That doesn't mean guys liked that – and Ray did not love that – because Rondo now had the ball all the time.

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