Red Sox bats go silent, lose to O's, 4-1

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Red Sox bats go silent, lose to O's, 4-1

BALTIMORE -- With a chance to go over the .500 mark for the first time this season, the Red Sox bats were silenced by the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night.

After averaging five runs in the first six games of their current road trip, the Red Sox collected just one run on a season-low two hits -- none after the fourth inning -- and lost 4-1 to the Orioles.

Brian Matusz allowed a leadoff single to Adrian Gonzalez in the second inning and a one-out solo homer to Kevin Youkils -- returning from the disabled list -- and nothing else over 6 13 innings.

The Orioles got a two-run homer from Steve Tolleson in the second off Felix Doubront, then doubled their offensive output with a two-run blast by Wilson Betemit in the eighth.

Betemit's homer came off former Orioles Matt Albers, who had previously tossed 11 13 scoreless and hitless innings against his former club.

Doubront, 4-2, turned in what was arguably his best start of the season, allowing just two runs over six innings while walking two and striking out a career-high nine.

The rookie lefty retired 10 of the last 11 hitters he faced, including the final three in a row by strikeout.

After the homer by Youkilis, the Red Sox did not get a baserunner in scoring position the rest of the night and lost to the Orioles for the fourth time in five tries this season and eighth in the last 10 games, dating back to last season.

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. 

 

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."