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Valentine, Sox coaches: a failure to communicate

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Valentine, Sox coaches: a failure to communicate

While things are quiet with the Orioles, it’s not so elsewhere in the American League East. In Boston, the Red Sox have a new manager, but the post mortems on the fired manager aren’t over.

In his exit interview with Bob Costas on NBC Sports Network, Bobby Valentine reiterated his complaint that his coaching staff not only didn’t have his back, but that the coaches were also undermining him. Not surprisingly, one of the coaches has shot back.

Tim Bogar, Valentine’s bench coach, doesn’t agree with Valentine’s version of events.

"I'm not upset about him or anything he says, but what bothers me is the perception of me and the other coaches is completely wrong," Bogar told ESPNBoston.com. "That bothers me because of what the coaches went through this year and what we dealt with. I did exactly what Ben [Cherington, Red Sox general manager] asked me to do. I'm not saying I did everything perfect, because I didn't and I know that."

Bogar said the coaches would have helped Valentine — if only he’d told them what he needed.

"The coaching staff was prepared to do everything that we were supposed to do to help Bobby succeed," Bogar said, "but not once did he portray what he wanted us to do to help him, and eventually he shut some of us out completely."

So what Bogar is saying is that Valentine wasn’t exactly the Great Communicator.

"The last couple of times I've read stuff about that there was no communication or the communication was bad,” Bogar said, “the only bad communication was between Bobby and everyone.”

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Trey Mancini, the Orioles' lone bright spot, exits game after getting drilled with 92 MPH fastball

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Trey Mancini, the Orioles' lone bright spot, exits game after getting drilled with 92 MPH fastball

Trey Mancini, the Orioles' only hope at an All-Star, exited Baltimore's matinee against Oakland in the top of the first on Wednesday, after he was struck on the left elbow by a 92-mph fastball from the Athletics' starter Chris Bassitt.

Baltimore's Chris Davis pinch-ran for Mancini, who left the game almsot immediately after being hit. 

Baltimore announced on Twitter that Mancini exited the game with a left elbow contusion. 

Mancini, the Orioles' first baseman and outfielder, was a bright spot in a rather lackluster Baltimore lineup.

The only Oriole with a real chance at an All-Star selection, Mancini is batting .304 in 70 games and leads Baltimore with 84 hits, 18 doubles and 16 homers.

The 27 year-old also has one of the highest slugging percentages on the Orioles (.558).

Fans reacted with anguish on Twitter after Mancini exited the game.

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Orioles Roundup: Dwight Smith Jr. hitless in first rehab assignment

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Orioles Roundup: Dwight Smith Jr. hitless in first rehab assignment

The Orioles gave up six home runs in Tuesday night’s 16-2 loss to the Athletics in Oakland. Here are the latest news and notes.

Player Notes: 

  • In his first rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk, Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts and groundouts each. Smith Jr. played all 8.5 innings of Norfolk’s loss to the RailRiders.

  • In 5 and ⅓ innings pitched against Oakland Tuesday night, Gabriel Ynoa gave up seven hits and six runs (three home runs). He surfaces with a 5.65 ERA in five starts and nine relief appearances.

  • Rio Ruiz has sunk from starting third baseman to potential DFA candidate. Ruiz went 0-for-3 against the A’s on Tuesday and has gone 9-for-58 in nearly one month (since May 21).

Injuries:

  • RHP Josh Lucas (shoulder): 10-day IL, out indefinitely

  • OF Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion): 7-day IL, set to return June 20

  • OF DJ Stewart (ankle): 10-day IL, out indefinitely

  • SP Alex Cobb (back): 60-day IL, returns in 2020

  • SP Nate Karns (arm): 60-day IL, out indefinitely

  • DH Mark Trumbo (knee): 60-day IL, out indefinitely

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, 6/19: Orioles @ Athletics, 3:37 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Thursday, 6/20: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park

Friday, 6/21: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park

Source: Rotoworld

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