A league of their own


A league of their own

BOSTON -- Jon Lester turned in a decent outing, but not good enough for a win, as the Red Sox dropped the opener of their three-game series against the Orioles, 4-2, at Fenway Park Friday night.

Lester went seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts and a wild pitch. He fell to 9-13, with a 4.96 ERA.

Miguel Gonzalez earned the win for the Orioles, improving to 7-4 with a 3.52 ERA. He went 6 13 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts. It was the second win this season against the Sox for Bostons 2008 Rule 5 pick.

Lester was given a brief 1-0 lead in the third when Daniel Nava and Pedro Ciriaco doubled. But Lester gave up two runs in fourth when J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, and Matt Wieters opened the inning with consecutive singles.

The Sox tied the game in the fifth. With two outs Ciriaco, Scott Podsednik, and Dustin Pedroia each singled, tying the score, 2-2.

But the Os went ahead in the sixth when Jones walked with one out, scoring on Wieters double. Mark Reynolds double scored Reynolds.

Scott Atchison pitched a scoreless eighth, giving up a hit with one strikeout. It was his 40th appearance of the season, three behind his career high in 2010.

Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth, but hit Red Sox nemesis Robert Andino in the helmet with a pitch, forcing Andino out of the game. Melancon also gave up a hit.

Ciriaco and Podsednik led the Sox offense, going 2-for-4 each. Ciriaco also had an RBI and scored a run. Dustin Pedroias two-out RBI single in the fifth snapped an 0-for-18 slide.

Jim Johnson earned his 46th save with a scoreless ninth.

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.