Cherington in Seattle: 'Nothing going on'

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is in Seattle, where his slumping team continues its winless road trip, but he said that was the plan all along and does not mean manager Bobby Valentine won't be making the return trek to Boston as the Sox skipper.

"I'm in Seattle and had planned to be," Cherington told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes. "There's nothing going on but a bad losing streak."

The Boston Herald reported that John Henry, the team's principal owner, also is in Seattle.

Red Sox upper management stated unequivocally in mid-August that Valentine would not be fired before the end of the season, but the Sox have won just five of their last 19 games and have dropped six straight out west, including a three-game weekend sweep at the hands of the A's in which they were outscored 33-5.

Asked by reporters in Oakland after Sunday's game how difficult the six-game losing streak has been, Valentine softly said, “What difference does it make?” He added that he didn't intend to be rude.

The latest slide dropped the Red Sox 11 games under .500 for the first time since July 1997, which was the last season Boston finished with a losing record.