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Ortiz: Valentine 'did a great job' in spring training

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Ortiz: Valentine 'did a great job' in spring training

Curt Schilling may say one thing about the state of the Red Sox, but David Ortiz says another.
In contrast to Schilling's talk-radio declaration of doom, Ortiz told SportsNet Central's Jessica Moran that things went very well during spring training. And that includes the team's relationship with new manager Bobby Valentine.
"We did a great job during spring training, everybody getting to know each other," Ortiz said Wednesday in a one-on-one interview with Moran. "And Bobby did a great job . . . trying to keep everybody working together as a group. And that's all it takes to win, everybody on the same page."
And what, exactly, did Valentine do?
"Me, personally, I saw a lot of new things that Bobby brought to the ballclub. And . . . a lot of them were based on running bases, playing defense, hitting, pitching. He brought a lot of good things. Hopefully, we keep up with that during the season and once you put that in play, you're definitely going to win baseball games."

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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