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Red Sox deny report that Lamont is out of running

Gene Lamont, Ben Cherington

Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, right, shakes hands with Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington as he leaves a baseball news conference after interviewing for the vacant Boston Red Sox manager position, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

AP

6:30 p.m. EST: The Red Sox are denying that they’ve eliminated Gene Lamont from contention for the vacancy. Lamont also says he hasn’t heard anything from the Red Sox suggesting that he’s out of the mix.

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It’s down to Bobby Valentine and, umm...., Bobby Valentine?

Sources told ESPN’s Karl Ravech that Gene Lamont is no longer a candidate to take over as Boston’s manager. With Torey Lovullo also out of the running, Valentine is the only remaining known candidate for the job.

Ravech’s sources said Valentine has yet to be offered the job, but that such a move appears imminent.

Valentine, who worked for ESPN last season, would be returning to the dugout for the first time since 2002. He went 581-605 with the Rangers from 1985-1992 and 536-467 with the Mets from 1996-2002. He took the Mets to the World Series as a wild card in 2000, but he’s never managed a first-place team.