Bobby V gets vote of confidence

BOSTON -- Beleaguered manager Bobby Valentine evidently has the full support of Boston Red Sox ownership and general manager Ben Cherington.

"Bobby's our manager and we're not considering anyone else," Cherington said Monday afternoon at Fenway Park. "He is committed to managing the team as he ever has been. We're committed to him and we're trying everything we can to support him and make this work."

The GM said that while the organization is not happy with an underachieving squad that is 54-55 entering Monday's game against the Texas Rangers, the blame should be shared by everyone involved.

"When the performance isn't there, we're all going to be criticized and we've earned that criticism," Cherington said. "I don't think it's fair to direct it at any one person. We're collectively responsible and Bobby's one of those people, so am I, so are the players, so are the coaches and so is everyone."

Added Cherington: "He's our manager. I'm not going to get into timelines; I'm not going to get into timelines for myself, either. We're just doing the job right now. We're doing the job the best we can and we're focused on making it better. I support Bobby."

Meanwhile, Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry gave Valentine a vote of confidence via email.

"In baseball, managers often get too much credit and too much blame for what happens on the field," Henry wrote. "That seems to be a constant. There is often the thought in organizations, 'This isn't working so the manager needs to go.' But an organization is much more than the field manager. We all share responsibility for the success and failure of the Boston Red Sox.

"We are not making a change in manager."

Following last Saturday's devastating loss to the Minnesota Twins, Henry met with Valentine.

Valentine said Monday that Henry "wanted to come in and say it was a tough loss."

Asked whether it went beyond that, Valentine said: "It's not polite to say it's none of your business. I'll try to be polite and not say it."

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