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04/16/2012 - 10:16am
Bobby V: Apology to Youk 'very sincere'

Before Monday's annual Patriots' Day contest at Fenway, Bobby Valentine attemped to clarify his television comments on Sunday night about what he has seen in the play of Kevin Youkilis early on this season. 

"I answered the question, 'It's not Youk-like, the way he's playing.' That was the question I answered. I should've explained that his swing isn't what he wants it to be. The physical part of his swing is frustrating him and frustration leads to emotion, and I haven't seen him break as many helmets as I saw him break on TV. It just seemed different," Valentine began. 

"Kevin came in this morning and I thought it was about his groin because it was sore after the game [Sunday]," Valentine said. "I said, 'Hey, how you doing, how's the groin?' He said, 'It's all right but what's going on?' When he said people called him and said I said things he didn't like, I totally apologized. I said, 'Geez, the last thing in...

04/16/2012 - 9:15am
Pedroia: Don't understand Bobby V's point

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia came to teammate Kevin Youkilis' defense prior to Monday's early game against the Rays, following manager Bobby Valentine's critical comments about the third baseman Sunday.

"I know that Youk plays as hard as anybody I've ever seen in my life,"Pedroia said. "I have his back, and his teammates have his back. We know how hard he plays. I don't really understand what Bobby's trying to do. But that's really not the way we go about our stuff here. I'm sure he'll figure that out soon."

Added Pedroia: "We've got Youk's back. He's played his [butt] off for us for a long time. Anytime he steps on the field, he's a great player. We're here to win, and we're here to win with him."

Asked if he thought Valentine's comments could have been meant as a motivational tool, Pedroia didn't sound impressed.

"Maybe in Japan or something," he said, referring to Valentine's stint...

04/16/2012 - 8:54am
Youkilis 'confused' about Valentine's criticism

Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis was early to arrive at the Red Sox clubhouse Monday morning, and he responded to comments from manager Bobby Valentine the day before that Youkilis does not appear as "into the game" as in years past.

"I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Valentine said in an interview for WHDH-TV's Sports Xtra. "But [Saturday] it seemed, you know, he's seeing the ball well, got those two walks, got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he'll move on from there."

Responded Youkilis: "That's not what I see. I go out every day and play as hard as I can. I take every ground ball in the morning, take every at-bat like it's my last. I don't think my game has changed at all. I still get upset with myself and still get mad. That's just not how I go about my game of baseball....

04/16/2012 - 7:40am
Mashup: Ex-Celtic Schintzius dead at 43

Former Celtics center Dwayne Schintzius died Sunday in Tampa from respiratory failure at the age of 43. According to his father, Schintzius had been being treated for complications from a failed bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with leukemia in 2009.

"He just went peacefullly," Ken Schintzius said. "He didn't suffer."

Schintzius, 7-foot-2, was a star at the University of Florida, helping the Gators to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1987. However, after being suspended, he quit the team midway through his senior season after a dispute with his coach. A first-round draft pick of the Spurs in 1990 (24th overall), Schintzius played for six NBA teams in eight years, ending his NBA career with a 16-game stint with the Celtics in 1998-99.

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04/15/2012 - 9:38pm
Bobby V: Youk not 'as into game' as in past

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in his weekly interview for WHDH-TV's Sports Xtra, said that third baseman Kevin Youkilis seemed to be less "into the game" than in the past.

"I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Valentine said in the interview. "But [Saturday] it seemed, you know, he's seeing the ball well, got those two walks, got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he'll move on from there."

Youkilis, 33, is hitting .200 with a .265 OBP, .233 slugging mark and .498 OPS this year, though he's 6-for-18 with three walks and two doubles in his last five games.

The interview can be seen in its entirety at 11:25 p.m. Sunday night on WHDH-TV Channel 7 in Boston.

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