May 23, 2018
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Shoppach denies involvement in Red Sox texts

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — New York Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach denied that he had any part in text messages that reportedly undermined Boston manager Bobby Valentine to Red Sox owners.

Boston traded Shoppach to the Mets on Tuesday.

The New York Daily News reported that Shoppach sent text messages using the phone of Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

“I wasn’t behind any texts,” Shoppach said.

Boston players reportedly met in New York on July 26 with Red Sox owners, a meeting Shoppach says he didn’t attend because he was home in Texas.

“I’ve already gotten some text messages from some of my former teammates apologizing that my name was even brought up in it. Everybody that’s involved in that whole situation knows that I have nothing to do with it,” Shoppach said.

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