Enemy Lines: Valentine on 1050

April, 4, 2012
Bobby Valentine may have already ratcheted up the rhetoric between the Yankees and Red Sox, but he doesn't feel any pressure going into the Red Sox' first game on Thursday against Detroit.

"I think pressure is when you are unprepared for something and you get surprised," Valentine said on the debut of his weekly appearance on ESPN New York 1050's Michael Kay Show.

Valentine has New York experience and is something of a legend in Japan as a manager. But Boston is unique.

"It is different because it is different," Valentine said.

Valentine also addressed his latest controversies.

* On ESPN anaylst Curt Schilling saying things are not going to work well for the Sox with Valentine. Valentine said he will not discuss Schilling's comments with him.

"What for?" Valentine said. "I see no reason for that. That's for sure."

How about if Schilling broached it?

"I could care less," Valentine said. "I have big things to worry about, real things to worry about it."

* On closer Andrew Bailey being out until around the All-Star Break with a thumb injury

"It is a little bit of a surprise," Valentine said. "The one thing that we really never got to do is have guys pitch out of the bullpen how they might be doing it during the regular season. You like to line that stuff up and get guys kind of passing the baton. Andrew came as a little bit of a surprise. We kept thinking he was going to be able to pitch the next time out."

Valentine said Alfredo Aceves will be his main closer with Mark Melancon possibly receiving some chances.

"I like Alfredo Aceves in that spot," Valentine said. "He has been pitching as a starter most of spring training with the thought that he could also be the closer if anything happened and something happened and he is ready."

* Josh Beckett looks "like he is ready to go." Beckett has his own thumb issue, but Valentine says he is fine.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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