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Francona holds court in Red Sox clubhouse

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 28, 2012 02:44 PM

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NEW YORK Terry Francona was at Yankee Stadium this morning to gather information for tomorrow night's ESPN broadcast.

That research included his pulling up a chair in the Red Sox clubhouse and grabbing a bat. What started as a conversation with Cody Ross ended up including Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz, David Ortiz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Nick Punto and even bench coach Tim Bogar for a time.

The gathering lasted about 30 minutes and included plenty of laughter.

It was a bit awkward, the team's former manager grabbing a chair in the clubhouse while the new manager, Bobby Valentine, was across the hall in his office. Until today, Francona had been careful to limit his time around the Sox in such settings.

Francona then spent time in the hallway talking to Gary Tuck, the team's taciturn catching instructor and bullpen coach. Francona and Tuck likely spent more time talking today than Tuck and Valentine have all season.

Meanwhile the Sox have dropped six of seven and are under .500 with 62 games left to play. Their season is getting more bizarre by the day.

Also:

Andrew Bailey threw a 25-pitch simulated game this morning at Yankee Stadium, working what amounted to two innings. Pedro Ciriaco and Daniel Nava were the hitters.

Bailey will start a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox on Monday.

Scott Atchison allowed three runs in his one inning for Pawtucket on Friday night in Indianapolis and woke up today with more arm soreness than usual. Bobby Valentine said he expected that Atchison would be sent for tests.

He was on the disabled list with a forearm strain.

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