­Bobby Valentine will be the manager of the Boston Red Sox until at least Oct. 3, 2012.

That's what Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino said Thursday on WEEI, when host John Dennis asked if Bobby V. would "unequivocally" be the head man for the remainder of the 2012 season.

"Yes," Lucchino replied.

Lucchino, who owner John Henry said "runs the Red Sox," also spoke on the topic of Tuesday's Yahoo! Sports report about players wanting Valentine to be fired. He called the report "exaggerated and inaccurate."


Boston faces the Yankees in the Bronx this weekend. The Yankees are 6-3 against the Red Sox this season and have outscored Boston, 67-46.

Bronx Tale

The Red Sox invade Yankee Stadium this weekend.

Pitching matchups include: Franklin Morales facing Phil Hughes Friday (7 p.m.), Jon Lester against David Phelps Saturday (4 p.m.), and Josh Beckett against Hiroki Kuroda Sunday (8 p.m.).

The Red Sox were 6.5 games out in the AL wild card race as of Thursday.

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