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Larry Lucchino says Bobby Valentine won't be fired during season

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
He's safe. For now. (Getty Images)

Consider it a decidedly temporary vote of confidence: Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, during an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, insisted that manager Bobby Valentine would be the team's manager for at least the remainder of the 2012 season.

While such public endorsements sometimes mean little, Lucchino also responded in the affirmative when asked whether he was unequivocal in his support for Valentine. So there's that. The implication, though, is that the Red Sox will understandably take stock of Valentine this winter.

While Valentine has shown anything but a deft touch since taking over the Red Sox, the primary reason for their disappointing 2012 is an unlikely run of injuries. In fact, players who are vital parts of the Boston roster or who were expected to be vital parts of the Boston roster have made made 29 trips to the disabled list since pitchers and catchers reported in February. Joe McCarthy probably couldn't win under those circumstances.

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