Frustration gets better of Doubront

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Frustration gets better of Doubront

BOSTON The frustration was evident on Felix Doubronts face and in his body language, both during the game, and after.

I got a little bit frustrated for those calls, and then it was a couple mistakes after that, Doubront said.

Those couple mistakes erased a four-run lead in the fifth inning, leading to the Red Sox third consecutive loss, second straight to the Twins, 6-5 in 10 innings Friday night at Fenway Park.

Leading 5-1 going into the fifth, Doubront gave up a lead-off single to No. 9 hitter, Jamey Carroll, who was erased on Denard Spans fielders choice. A single by Ben Revere and a walk to Joe Mauer loaded the bases. A five-pitch walk to Josh Willingham pushed in Span for one run. And a two-run single by Justin Morneau scored Revere and Mauer. Danny Valencias sacrifice fly to right scored Willingham, tying the score, 5-5.

Doubront lasted just five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts. He threw 97 pitches, 60 strikes. He was not involved in the decision, and his ERA went from 4.37 to 4.56.

Doubront had runners on base in each of his five innings. He gave up one run in the second, but it was the fifth that was his undoing. On several pitches, he seemed to take exception to home plate umpire Mark Wegners calls.

When I dont get those calls, I started throwing the ball, committing mistakes, leaving the ball up in the zone, and down, I was a little bit, not right, he said.

Dustin Pedroia visited him on the mound for an animated conversation.

He said stay calm because I thought that pitch was close for Wegner to call it a strike, Doubront said. I just got a little bit frustrated.

It was a roaming strike zone tonight, said manager Bobby Valentine. But his ball was really moving. Catcher Kelly Shoppach said that his ball was moving both ways. It was tough to call. It kept running and darting. I couldnt see it from my perspective.

That fifth inning, that bloop over third base by Revere I think upset him a little, and the two-strike hit upset him. A couple of pitches upset him. He had Morneau with two strikes and he hit it off the end of the bat. He just missed making that pitch to get him out of the inning which hes been making all year.

Doubront had become the de facto stopper on the staff the season, going 5-1 with a 3.55 ERA in nine starts after a Sox loss. The team had been 7-2 in those games, entering Friday night. After losing the previous two games, the Sox could have used a stopper for this one.

Doubront has already logged 118 13 innings this season, well above the 87 23 he threw last season. But he said fatigue is not an issue.

No, no, no, not at all, he said. I feel pretty good, my arm feels good, not tired."

Doubront is tied with Jon Lester for the staff lead in quality starts, with 11. He did not add to that number against the Twins Friday.

Thats baseball, man, he said. You have to do better than that, and just tomorrow is another day. Just keep going.

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 WEEI.com 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 WEEI.com’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.