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Lucchino blames injuries, won't fire Valentine this season

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Red Sox president Larry Lucchino tried to put to rest speculation that manager Bobby Valentine would be fired before the end of the season.

In a radio interview Thursday, Lucchino responded "Yes" when asked if Valentine would "unequivocally" remain as Boston's manager through the end of the season.

Lucchino claimed the Yahoo Sports report that a player's coup attempt -- in the form of a July meeting with Red Sox management in July -- was "exaggerated and inaccurate." Some players declined a meeting took place.

Lucchino said he and owner John Henry were disappointed sources leaked information about the meeting to reporter Jeff Passan of Yahoo.

Lucchino blamed injuries, not a change at manager from Terry Francona to Valentine, as the major factor in the Red Sox's sub-.500 record.

"I do think the clubhouse culture is different when the team is winning and the star players are there regularly and leading the team in the clubhouse as well as on the field and not from the disabled list," Lucchino said.

"I think we will see an improved culture next year. If it's broke, we'll fix it. I have my share of responsibility, to be sure, for the state of the franchise. As I took pride in my share of the responsibility of the success we've had over the last 10 years, I take my share of the responsibility (for the struggles) as well. But it's our job, my job, Ben (Cherington's) job, John (Henry's) job, Tom (Werner's) job, people who are blessed with the responsibility to operate this team and be stewards of this team, to bring it back. If that means bringing more youth in the clubhouse we will do that. If that means making some changes in the uniformed personnel we will do that."
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