Clearly, he's facing a difficult task.
The Cubs have the majors' worst record. The Red Sox have had their issues, too, and the losses are adding up.
NOTES: Red Sox RHP Josh Beckett will miss Sunday's start because of inflammation in his right shoulder, Valentine said. Lefty Franklin Morales will start in Beckett's place. ... Sveum said he'll probably stick with Valbuena, who was promoted from Triple-A Thursday with Ian Stewart (left wrist) going on the 15-day DL. "He was swinging the bat real well down there, so you try to keep that left-handed bat in the lineup," Sveum said. ... Jeff Samardzija starts Saturday for Chicago, with Jon Lester going for Boston.
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