Pedroia backs up the talk with his bat

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Pedroia backs up the talk with his bat

BOSTON After the Red Sox lost the first game of their three-game series against the Yankees in New York, Dustin Pedroia unleashed a verbal tongue lashing, aimed at himself, his teammates, or anyone in the organization who wanted to accept it.

Pedroia backed up those words Monday night against the Tigers, belting a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the sixth, on the way to a 7-3 Sox win.

With the score knotted at 2, Pedroias ninth home run of the season scored Carl Crawford, who had walked ahead of him to open the inning. After Pedroias shot, off Detroit starter Max Scherzer, the Sox added three more runs, including a two-run shot by Will Middlebrooks in the eighth, never letting the Tigers back in the game.

Its awesome, Middlebrooks said of Pedroias home run. It gets him fired up and when he gets fired up we get fired up. Its fun to watch.

Since Pedroias outburst in New York, the Sox have yet to lose.

More than you know, Middlebrooks said of how much the team feeds off its second baseman. its fun to have a guy like that.

The home run in Pedroias 800th career game -- was his first at Fenway since May 10. Although he is hitting just .267 this season, well below his .307 from last season and career mark of .301, he has hit a home run in three of his past five games and has four home runs in 13 games this month after not hitting any in his previous 40 games.

I feel good, feel good, he said. Just got to keep going. Its a long year, got a long way to go. So just concentrate on helping the team win ballgames.

I just tried to get a good pitch to hit. He was tough. He was on the corners. Hes got great stuff. And Im just trying to get a pitch I can handle.

On this night, there would be nothing more exuberant than that from Pedroia. No need.

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.