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Red Sox ban beer in the clubhouse

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Red Sox ban beer in the clubhouse

FORT MYERS, Fla. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine had his first formal full-squad meeting Saturday morning. One of the edicts from the meeting: Valentine has banned beer in the clubhouse and the final leg of plane flights.

Its just what Ive always done except for when I was in Texas, I guess, Valentine said. Im comfortable with it that way.

Asked how the news was received, Valentine replied:

You mean like standing ovation or booing? I didnt get either of those. It was probably somewhere right in between a standing O and a standing boo I would say.

Valentine said he does not expect any difficulties with the new rule.

What would happen if they got traded to St. Louis?, he said. What, they refuse the trade? Or New York? Or one of the other 19 teams that have banned alcohol in the clubhouse, or however many there are today? I dont know but I doubt it. I dont know what kind of pushback you could get.

David Ortiz, the only player to address the team in the meeting, supported Valentine and the new policy.

"It don't matter, Ortiz said. We're not here to drink; we're here to play baseball. This ain't no bar. This is an organization, a place with a lot of athleticism and alcohol has nothing to do with that. We have alcohol in our houses. If you want to drink, you drink at home.''

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

The Washington Nationals will ask to speak to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora after the ALCS, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported, which could throw a wrench into the Red Sox' plans to name Cora their manager.

The Sox appeared close to naming Cora to replace John Farrell after the Astros season is finished, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reported earlier this week. Then the Nats decided to part ways with manager Dusty Baker after consecutive N.L. East titles but Division Series flameouts.

Cora, 41, as Cafardo points out, was once offered a player development job with the Nats, who were the last team he played for (2011) in his 14-plus years as a major league infielder, including 2005-08 with the Red Sox. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo obviously has a fondness for Cora, telling MLB.com in 2011:

"I think it comes natural to him to be a teacher. Alex still has a lot left in his tank as a player. But he has my number, and when he’s done playing, he can make a call. It will be well-received."

After interviewing Cora, ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Ron Gardenhire, who took the Tigers job this week, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told WEEI.com that he was still "undecided" if he'll interview anyone else.