-- Red Sox owner John Henry and GM Ben Cherington state their support for their embattled manager. "To blame Bobby Valentine for the Red Sox being .500 at this point in the season is simply wrong," Henry wrote in an email to reporters
. "A lot has been written about injuries to key players this year. The impact of that on the Sox this year should not be discounted.'' A week later, Dustin Pedroia addresses the report of the July 26 meeting with ownership, denying that players' complaints centered on Valentine. "I don't think Bobby should be fired. Listen, we haven't played well. I mean, that's the bottom line. I'm not going to blame anything on Bobby, and I don't think anyone else is. It's on the players.''
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