Red Sox make it three in a row, 7-3

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Red Sox make it three in a row, 7-3

BOSTON -- Modest achievement though it may be, the Red Sox won their third straight Monday night, something they hadn't done in more than a month, dating to a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins June 11-13.

Clay Buchholz survived a rocky first and third innings, and then allowed just one more run over the final six inningswhile Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs in a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.

Buchholz was tagged for a leadoff homer by Austin Jackson and weathered a stretch that saw four of five batters reach in the third. But after walking Prince Fielder with one out in the third, Buchholz (9-3) retired the next 12 in a row before allowing a run in the seventh.

It was Buchholz's first win in his last four outings.

Down 1-0 out of the chute, the Sox used a run-scoring triple from Carl Crawford and an RBI groundout from Pedroia in the first.

Pedroia added a two-run homer in the sixth, his third homer in the last five games and fourth this month. A run-scoring single Jacoby Ellsbury in the seventh and a two-run homer from Will Middlebrooks in the eighth to give the Sox some additional breathing room.

STAR OF THE GAME: Clay Buchholz
The night didn't begin well for Buchholz, who gave up a homer to Austin Jackson with his second pitch of the game. But for the next seven innings, Buchholz allowed just two more runs -- only one of them earned -- and picked up his first win since June 19

HONORABLE MENTION: Dustin Pedroia
At the two-thirds mark of the season, the second baseman is getting it together at the plate. He had a three-RBI night with a first-inning groundout and a two-run homer in the sixth, his third homer in the last five games. He also has six RBI in his last seven games.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Max Scherzer
Among the league leaders in strikeouts, Scherzer fanned nine Red Sox hitters, but also gave up five runs on seven hits and lasted just 6 13 innings, forcing Jim Leyland to get into his bullpen earlier that he would have liked.

TURNING POINT: In the third inning, with a run already in off Buchholz, the Tigers had the bases loaded and Delmon Young at the plate. But Buchholz got him to hit into an inning-ending double play and the Tigers had just two baserunners against Buchholz after that.

BY THE NUMBERS: The win was the third in a row for the Red Sox, representing their longest winning streak in more than a month, dating back to a three-game sweep of Miami June 11-13.

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."