Red Sox interested in Valentine as manager

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BOSTON (AP) -- Bobby Valentine says he has spoken with the Boston Red Sox about their vacant managerial position.

He said Friday that he has talked to general manager Ben Cherington and that "I'd be honored" to have further discussions with team officials.

"I'm looking forward to having conversations, if that's what they want to do," the former manager of the New York Mets and Texas Rangers said in a telephone interview.

The Red Sox are seeking a replacement for Terry Francona, who left Sept. 30, two days after a loss in the regular-season finale left them out of the playoffs. They've interviewed Philadelphia bench coach Pete Mackanin, Milwaukee hitting coach Dale Sveum, Cleveland first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Toronto first-base coach Torey Lovullo and Detroit third-base coach Gene Lamont.

Sveum was hired as manager of the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.