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It's Time for Valentine to Rip Into Red Sox

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The Red Sox [team stats] hired Bobby Valentine to crack skulls, not braid hair. But five weeks into this season to nowhere, the team’s most startling development isn’t its rash of injuries, ineffective starting pitching, or putrid record at Fenway Park [map].

It’s the neutering of Bobby V.

The latest example came yesterday, when Valentine addressed Josh Beckett [stats] golfing on Thursday despite being ostensibly injured. He brushed aside the controversy, curiously reiterating that Beckett wasn’t actually injured, even though the team skipped him so...

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