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One word was all Alfredo Aceves needed to tell his story

04.10.12 at 12:08 am ET

TORONTO ‘€“ Alfredo Aceves walked into the visitors clubhouse at Rogers Centre Monday, put down his guitar case, and went to the manager’€™s office.

There he presented Bobby Valentine with a note, with just one word on it.


Coming off two appearances in which didn’€™t record a single out, the Red Sox‘€™ closer wanted to make sure Valentine didn’€™t shy away from him when the next opportunity arose. That wasn’€™t a problem.

Aceves came on to pitch a flawless ninth inning in closing out the Red Sox’€™ 4-2 win over the Blue Jays, getting two ground outs sandwiched around a strikeout.

‘€œI just say, ‘€˜Trust!’€™ We’€™re going to still trust,’€ Aceves said. ‘€œThe last three games against Detroit everything was negative. ‘€¦ But we stick together and one of the things is trust. Whatever you do, just trust.

‘€œI need to keep that in mind that I need to trust my stuff, and every single one of us it’€™s the same thing. For you, you have to trust. Try and stay positive.’€

Following Scott Atchison‘€™s three-inning, scoreless relief appearance ‘€“ and the Sox’€™ ninth-inning comeback in which they scored three runs ‘€“ there was, in Valentine’€™s mind, no other option that to go back to Aceves.

‘€œHe came in, he threw pretty much the same pitches. They were all quality,’€ the manager said. ‘€œUp in the zone, away in the zone. His breaking ball was really good. His fastball was crisp. Before the game, he wrote me a little note and talked about trust. I told him I trusted him. He knew he was going to have the ball.’€

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