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Red Sox hire Bobby Valentine

Updated: December 1, 2011, 1:03 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Boston Red Sox announced Wednesday night that Bobby Valentine will be introduced as manager Thursday.

The team will host a news conference at 5:30 p.m. at Fenway Park to announce Valentine's hire.

Valentine, reached at his Connecticut home before Wednesday's announcement, called the Red Sox "a storied franchise."

"Having a great baseball team with a chance of winning the ultimate title is what people dream about, and I'm one of those who dream about those things," ...

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