Doubront shines as Sox smash Marlins, 10-2


Doubront shines as Sox smash Marlins, 10-2

MIAMI -- Felix Doubront rebounded nicely after his first poor start of the season, pitching a career-best seven innings while limiting the Miami Marlins to just three hits as the Red Sox posted a 10-2 victory, their second win in a row following four straight losses. The ten runs for the Sox topped their output (eight runs) from the previous four games combined.
Doubront didn't allow a hit until Miami shortstop Jose Reyes homered with two outs in the sixth. He yielded another run in the seventh on a single, double and fielder's choice, but got through the inning and improved to 7-3.
The lefty, who was rocked for six runs against Washington last week, fanned nine, tying a season high.
David Ortiz knocked in three of the Red Sox' runs with a solo homer in the fourth, a sacrifice fly in the sixth and a single to right in the eighth. Adrian Gonzalez (three hits) added two RBI.
The Sox blew open a two-run game with six insurance runs in the top of the eighth, an inning which featured two hits and two RBI from pinch-hitter Nick Punto.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 


Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.