The Red Sox had a “really positive” team meeting yesterday

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Man, if the Red Sox are going to do things like beat better teams in walkoff wins and have team meetings that don’t devolve into chaos, I’m gonna get really bummed out:

Just more than an hour before the Red Sox series-opening game against the Yankees Tuesday, Sox manager Bobby Valentine held a team meeting to reiterate the importance of playing the right way for the final 21 games.

“Nobody really knew what was going on,” said Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross. “We just got together. It was just really positive, and needed. … It was positive. We have 2 1/2 weeks left and the season hasn’t been what we thought it would be, so we can go out and play hard, win ball games and stay positive.”

What next? Valentine says something to the press that isn’t a thinly-veiled plea for help and/or admission of the futility of his lot in life?  C’mon Boston. You’re better than that.

Wait, worse? No, better. Darn this has been a difficult season.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.