Pedroia heating up at right time

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Pedroia heating up at right time

CLEVELAND Its no coincidence the Red Sox offensive machine has shown signs of life while its most important cog is firing on all cylinders. Dustin Pedroia collected another multi-hit game in Friday nights 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, and factored into all of Bostons runs in the victory.

Pedroia knocked in his teams first run in the fourth inning, and then hopped on base with a one-out single before Cody Ross sent him home with a two-run blast to centerfield in the sixth that proved to be the game-winning knock.

It was the fourth multi-hit game in his last five games, and continued an eight game stretch where hes hitting .417 with seven runs scored in his last eight games. Its the exact kind of white-hot hitting sprees that Pedroia has become known for over the years, and its even more impressive when considering that hes also played the last 15 games in a row for the Sox.

There was plenty of chatter about Ross home run and the trademark bat flip that immediately followed, but none of it would have been possible without Pedroia keeping the inning going.

Its that kind of steady offense and sometimes unheralded contributions in a quiet season for Pedroia that his teammates notice. But its only part of the package as the teams leader tries to will them back into the playoff race.

Pedroia was swinging the bat well tonight. He had a big knock up the middle and then set things up when I hit the home run. This was a big win, said Ross. Hes a catalyst. With Pedroia, Jacoby and Carl at the top of the lineup a lot of stuff can go on. It puts a lot of pressure on the pitcher and the defense.

With him swinging the bat, getting big knocks when we need and big RBIs, we feed off of that. Hes our leader. Hes done a really good job leading.

With the two hits, Dustin Pedroias batting average is all the way up to .275 for the season, and amazingly thats the highest his batting average has been in two months dating back to June 13.

Thats good news for a career .300 hitter thats still a long way away from his customary level of production in the big leagues. But that hasnt stopped Pedroia from trying to will his team to victories at a desperate time in the season.

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.