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Valentine, Francona In Verbal Sparring Over Beer Ban

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Terry Francona (Mike Strobe/Getty Images Sports) Bobby Valentine (Elsa/Getty Images Sports)

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ On Monday morning, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, on ESPN Radio, called new manager Bobby Valentine’s ban on beer in the clubhouse a “PR move.”

“I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one,” Francona said. “I don’t think it’s a surprise that they put this in effect, or the fact they announced it. It’s probably more of a PR move just because the Red Sox (took) such a beating at the end of the year.”

In announcing the ban on Saturday, though, Valentine said he has had similar bans other places he has managed.

“I don’t know. How is it PR,” Valentine asked after the team’s Monday workout. “That means like 20 teams are looking for PR and that’s why they’re making good decisions?”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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