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Valentine is pleased with Crawford’s attitude

By Seth Lakso
Globe Correspondent / January 15, 2012
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Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine made contact with Carl Crawford last week.

“I finally got that call in to Carl,’’ said Valentine, who along with Pedro Martinez, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and a host of Red Sox prospects met yesterday with children undergoing cancer treatment as part of the New Stars for Young Stars event to benefit the Jimmy Fund and the Pedro Martinez and Brothers Foundation.

“Carl and I talked a long time. It went good. He seemed very determined. He seemed very understanding of the fact that things got spinning a little fast for him last year in the new environment and he seemed to be determined to correct that.’’

Valentine also addressed the Yankees’ acquisitions of pitcher Michael Pineda in a trade with the Mariners and former Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda via free agency.

“Pineda, when I saw him the first half of the season, he looked unhittable, and the second half he looked OK,’’ said Valentine.

“[Kuroda] will be pitching in the American League now and not the National League, pitching in not a great pitcher’s ballpark, coming from a great pitcher’s ballpark. He’ll probably be an upgrade from [Bartolo] Colon and [Freddy] Garcia, probably, seems it.’’

Valentine didn’t think the Sox had to do anything immediately to respond to the Yankees’ moves.

“I think we have a good team,’’ he said. “If we could continue to add to it as the season progresses when we see what the needs are and when we see what the strengths and weaknesses are, I think that will be fine.

“When you have a core like we have, I don’t think there’s any rush to do anything until we at least see the team in spring training.’’

The Sox manager concluded his media session by talking about Jason Varitek, who reportedly has been offered a non-roster invitation to spring training.

“I haven’t talked to Tek because, basically, he’s not on the roster, you know, and I really have no idea,’’ said Valentine.

“I’m just trying to think if I’ve ever had a guy with a ‘C’ on their chest that came into spring training as a non-roster type.’’

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