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Bobby Valentine fires back at Rays

Updated: May 26, 2012, 11:48 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- After his coaching staff was strongly criticized by Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon for its role in a bench-clearing scrum Friday night, Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine returned fire on Saturday.

Valentine said Rays coaches aggravated the situation and acted unprofessional, immature and out of control. He said coaches should try to stop events such as Friday night's from escalating, but thought Tampa's coaching staff made the situation worse.

"I thought ...

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