Valentine Unhappy After Red Sox And Yankees Tie

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Bobby Valentine still wasn’t happy even after Ryan Sweeney scored on a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 4-4 tie against the rival New York Yankees on Thursday night.

“It was regretful that (Clayton) Mortensen warmed up, though, and then we were told they weren’t going to play an extra inning,” Valentine said. “I didn’t think that that was very courteous.”

Generally, spring training games that are tied are played through 10 innings, unless a team runs out of pitching.

Valentine scoffed at the idea the Yankees had run out of pitchers.

“They had plenty of pitching. Probably too long of a ride. They could have known that going in.

“No, they had plenty of pitching.”

The Yankees used five pitchers, with seven remaining on their travel roster.

“Usually they (the umpires) talk about it if it’s a tie game, but they didn’t,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “And I used all our pitching and I just said that’s it. I just looked at (umpire) Tim Tschida and said that’s it.”

Valentine was informed the game was over as the umpires walked off the field.

“The umpire came over and said we couldn’t play,” Valentine said. “I don’t care about not playing. It’s just, you know, why do I have to warm up my pitcher who’s trying to make a team, come in in a tie game against the Yankees and maybe help him make a team and instead he has to walk off the mound to take a shower?”

Asked how it is generally determined to call a game early in a tie, Valentine responded:

“Usually you go over and say, ‘Hey, I don’t have any more (pitching).(Or) I have 10.'” Valentine said. “I don’t know. I haven’t been around in a long time. Joe (Girardi) knows better than I. I guess you just walk off the field.

“I’m sure (Girardi) didn’t do anything deliberate. It’s just I have to answer a pitcher who’s trying to make a team. Why use that bullpen?

“I don’t set protocol. I’m learning.”

After being limited to two singles through seven innings, the Red Sox scored three runs on four hits in the eighth. They tied the game when Jason Repko’s squeeze scored Sweeney.

Right-hander Adam Warren, starting in place of David Phelps, whose wife went into labor, held the Red Sox scoreless over four innings. Warren, who struck out three, allowed a pair of singles to David Ortiz and Sweeney in the second inning.

Aaron Cook started for the Red Sox. Making just his second Grapefruit League appearance, Cook went four innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts.

Doug Bernier went 2 for 3 with two RBI, raising his spring average to .364 for New York. Curtis Granderson was 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI, giving him a .393 average this spring.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia left after striking out to end the second inning. He was hit in the right forearm with the pitch while swinging. The Red Sox announced he has a right forearm contusion.

Notes: Yankees SS Derek Jeter is set to play Friday after missing more than a week with a stiff left calf. … Yankees opening day starter CC Sabathia allowed one run and five hits over six innings in a minor league game. The left-hander struck out four, walked one and threw just 65 pitches. … Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has not pitched since May 16 and underwent Tommy John surgery, could return as early as June 1. Josh Beckett threw six innings in a minor league game Thursday afternoon. He went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

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One Comment

  1. Levittown says:

    Mr. Valentine was not very nice with his comments about A-Rod and Jeter earlier this spring. The respect he gave is what he got back. Screw you bobby brittle.

  2. DEB/R.I. says:


  3. BOB says:

    Who cares its spring training OH wait they might need this game in September.

  4. goblin says:

    I still love you Bobby V!

  5. damnyankee13 says:

    this is the closest the redsux will get to beating us this year.

  6. Elmo33 says:

    Valentine is a Jerk,Was a Jerk with the Mets and still is. The Yankees put all the Younger Players in and let the Red Sox back in the game. Francona was a Class Act.Valentine needs to put on his Spandex Bike gear and Take a Ride.

    1. JA says:

      Well I guess we heard form all of the Yankee fans. I am sure that it is always better to leave the field before you give up a loss.

  7. Joann says:

    go back to Japan Valentine…!

  8. Russ says:

    Valentine has done nothing really in Baseball. yea, he got a very lucky Mets team to a world series where they did what they do well. LOST!
    While he was not managing he was on ESPN. Eh, he was ok at best. Funny how no one was calling him to manage during that time. Bobby Valentine ought to stick to just trying to manage his team which created history when they played themselves out of the Playoffs. The team is getting old very fast. Hey Bobby keep on chewing your gum like you’re some kind of tough guy. You’re an idiot and RedSox fans will see that very soon.

  9. Jeff Krublit says:


  10. Johnny Damon says:

    what a putz Valentine do you tell a pitcher he needs to go to shower instead of pitching?? What are they 4 yrs old. Sox lost class in Francona..this was a big mistake..Valentine will make this team more of a laughing stock.

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