Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine joined the Michael Kay show on ESPN New York radio Friday, and said there is no problem in the clubhouse. He said he doesn't like reporters who drop in once a week and make assumptions, a reference to ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney, who wrote earlier this week that a "toxic" atmosphere exists in the Sox clubhouse.
"I'm always concerned about my guys," Valentine said about whether he was worried his players were unhappy, but he downplayed the reports of discord and communication problems as "nonsense" and had some harsh words for Olney.
Valentine said he agreed with David Ortiz, who sounded off Friday and said the media should quiet down and let the players focus on playing baseball.
"I think he's passionately committed to this season and this season, and he doesn't like to see nonsense distract the players in any way," Valentine said.
Valentine also talked about Will Middlebrooks' emergence, Adrian Gonzalez's struggles at the plate, Carl Crawford's status and the schedule for his return, Andrew Bailey's progress and more.
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