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Valentine said he told his coaches he would be a little late, and he called in to say he was delayed in traffic on his way to “the stupid Oakland Coliseum.”

“For someone to say that I was late is an absolute disgrace to their integrity if they have any,” he said.

During the radio interview, Valentine went on to say that his first season as Red Sox manager has been “miserable.”

Asked to clarify later, he said: “The last two weeks have been very trying. Lots of obstacles in my way and I thought I’ve jumped them, and sometimes you get knocked down by them.

“It’s turned out to be not what I expected. It’s been a little misery, yeah,” he said. “I’m not sure it’s 24/7, but I would think after a loss I’m miserable. … It’s been adventurous, challenging.”

Valentine signed a two-year deal last winter and has said he wants to return in 2013. Red Sox management has maintained that no decision will be made until after the season is over.