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08/14/2012 - 10:52pm
Pedroia: Sox not trying to get manager fired

BALTIMORE -- After the Red Sox' 7-1 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards Tuesday night, Dustin Pedroia offered his view of the July 26 meeting between a group of players and the club's ownership group.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, a Yahoo! Sports report indicated that Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez, "were among the most vocal in the meeting, in which some players stated flatly they no longer wanted to play for [Red Sox manager Bobby] Valentine."

"I haven't really read it all. It's tough," Pedroia said. "We had a meeting. I'll be honest with everybody. We had a meeting in New York. Coaches had a meeting, Bobby had a meeting, we all had a meeting. Basically, when I spoke, I said we all need to be better. That includes owners, Bobby, coaches, and especially the players. 

"I've had one problem with Bobby earlier in the year and I went into his office and I talked to him like a man, and he talked to me like a man....

08/14/2012 - 10:01pm
Orioles dig hole deeper for Red Sox

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox dropped seven games back of Baltimore in the loss column, losing their 60th game of the season via a 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Orioles Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

The Sox' downfall this time came primarily due to a five-run sixth inning, in which starter Josh Beckett was driven from the game after having surrendered his third and fourth runs. Mark Melancon helped close out Beckett's line by surrendering Mark Reynolds' second home run of the night, this one coming on the reliever's first pitch of the game and going for three runs.

Beckett finished his outing having surrendered six runs over 5 1/3 innings. In the righty's most recent two starts, he has given up 14 earned runs over 11 2/3 innings. 

The Sox starter had allowed the Orioles just two runs over the first five innings, with both runs coming via leadoff solo home runs. The first blast came off the bat of Omar Quintanilla in the third inning, with...

08/14/2012 - 5:31pm
Gonzalez, Valentine respond to report

BALTIMORE -- Speaking to WEEI.com prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles Tuesday night, Adrian Gonzalez confirmed the July 26 meeting written about in a Yahoo! Sports story, and explained the purpose of the get-together.

"They had a meeting with the players, they had a meeting with the coaches and they had a meeting with Bobby and it was to assess where we were as a team and as an organization and why we were where we were, and what our thoughts were, basically," Gonzalez said.

When asked if he felt the meeting -- which was described in the story as "heated," in which players reportedly "blasted" manager Bobby Valentine to ownership -- was productive, Gonzalez offered a quick response.

"We still haven't played well since then," the first baseman said.

The report stated that Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia "were among the most vocal in the meeting, in which some players stated flatly...

08/14/2012 - 5:29pm
Gronk misses third straight practice

FOXBORO -- For a third straight day, tight end Rob Gronkowski spent the day on the sidelines and on exercise machines instead of participating in Patriots practice. The Patriots practiced in full pads for a second straight day and Gronkowski worked out in sweat pants and a T-shirt. 

Joining Gronkowski on the sidelines for a second straight day was receiver Brandon Lloyd, while tight end Aaron Hernandez was not seen anywhere on the upper or lower fields. 

Hernandez was one of nine players not spotted anywhere on the practice field while eight others were in just shorts. 

Logan Mankins, who spent Sunday and Monday in shells, was in padded pants but only wore shells and did not participate in full practice. He is eligible to practice in full pads once he and the team decide he is ready. 

Defensive backs Malcolm Williams and James Ihedigbo both returned after missing the first two practices of the week. 

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08/14/2012 - 5:28pm
Passan on WEEI: Players 'don't like' Valentine
By: DJ Bean

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports joined The Big Show Tuesday to discuss his exclusive story that broke the news of a text message from Adrian Gonzalez from Sox ownership that led to a meeting in which players vented about manager Bobby Valentine to owner John Henry and president and CEO Larry Lucchino.

"I'd been working a couple weeks now and finally found a couple of people to confirm it," Passan said. "… What I wrote is what happened, and Ben Cherington confirmed it." 

The message was sent from Gonzalez on behalf of himself and "some teammates," wrote Passan, after Valentine left starting pitcher Jon Lester in to allow 11 earned runs in a 15-7 loss to the Blue Jays. Passan noted that the overriding feeling among the team is that the players don't like...

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