MLB notes: Valentine's job is safe, BoSox prez says

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine (right) argues with Home Plate Umpire Al Porter after...

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine (right) argues with Home Plate Umpire Al Porter after Valentine was ejected from the game during the ninth inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts June 10, 2012. (REUTERS)

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Bobby Valentine's job is safe -- for the rest of this season, anyway.

In the wake of reports of a mutiny in the locker room, Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino said Thursday that Valentine was staying on as manager.

In a radio interview, Lucchino said "Yes" when asked if Valentine would "unequivocally" remain as manager till the end of the season.

He said reports of the players' unhappiness with Valentine were "exaggerated and inaccurate." According to a Yahoo! Sports story this week, Red Sox players vented at a meeting with the team's brass and several said they didn't want to play for Valentine anymore.

Lucchino said meetings with players have been taking place regularly since 2002. But he did admit that the manager is usually present at the sessions. Valentine didn't attend this one.

Lucchino said he and owner John Henry were disappointed sources leaked information about the meeting.

KONERKO RETURNING FROM CONCUSSION

The Chicago White Sox aim to get first baseman Paul Konerko back Friday when they play the Kansas City Royals.

Konerko has been on the seven-day concussion list. It's expected he will be the designated hitter for the entire weekend series in Kansas City.

Coincidentally, Konerko was injured playing against the Royals on Aug. 8 when he inadvertently was elbowed on the head by Kansas City outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

Konerko, 36, is hitting .316 with 18 homers and 54 RBI.

KEMP FACES SUSPENSION

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp could be facing a suspension after bumping an umpire during an argument Thursday in the second inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Kemp was ejected for arguing balls and strikes and then had to be restrained after he approached home plate. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly also was tossed out. Kemp had been called out on strikes in the first inning and was still steamed at home plate ump Angel Campos.

BRIEFLY

Owners have approved the sale of the Padres to a group headed by San Diego businessman Ron Fowler, who will be the controlling owner. His partners include golfer Phil Mickelson and family members of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley ... Baltimore Orioles infielder Wilson Betemit has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a small cartilage tear in his right wrist. He is batting .264 with 12 homers and 37 RBI ... The Boston Red Sox have obtained right-handed reliever Pedro Beato, the player to be named in the trade that sent Kelly Shoppach to the New York Mets. Beato, 25, has spent most of the season at triple-A Buffalo ... The Philadelphia Phillies acquired pitcher Ryan O'Sullivan from the Dodgers on Thursday to complete an Aug. 3 trade in which pitcher Joe Blanton went to the Dodgers. O'Sullivan, 21, was a fourth-round pick in 2011 ... The Houston Astros have acquired right-handed pitcher Kevin Comer from the Toronto Blue Jays to complete a multi-player trade July 20. Comer, 20, was 3-3 with a 3.95 earned-run average in the rookie-level Appalachian League. ... The Miami Marlins placed second baseman Nick Green on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain. Shortstop Gil Velazquez moved up from triple-A New Orleans to take his roster spot.

 


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