Kevin Youkilis' presence in the Red Sox lineup is a lot more important than his numbers may suggest early in the 2012 season. Bobby Valentine acknowledged that after Boston's 5-3 loss to the A's on May 1.
Bobby Valentine had some interesting things to say about the Rays after the May 25 melee. The Red Sox and Rays got into on the field and Valentine wasn't afraid to joke about the incident after Tamp's 7-4 win.
-- Bobby Valentine, on visiting David Ortiz soon after becoming the new Red Sox manager. Ortiz’s production has been excellent this season after Valentine visited him in the offseason, much like it was when the Red Sox first took a chance on him in 2003.