Red Sox notes: Podsednik rakes at home

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Red Sox notes: Podsednik rakes at home

BOSTON -- Scott Podsednik went 2-for-5 and has hit in 14 of 15 starts at Fenway this season, with 10 multi-hit games. He is batting .424, going 25-for-59 at Fenway this season. His career .385 average, going 40-for-104 at Fenway leads active players (minimum 100 plate appearances).

Cody Ross has hit in 10 of his last 12 games, batting .340 (16-for-47) with 11 RBI.

Mike Aviles ninth-inning stolen base gave him 14 this season, matching a career high for the third time, along with 2010 and 2011.

With J.A. Happ going on the disabled list, the Blue Jays changed their rotation. Left-hander Aaron Laffey is scheduled to start Saturday, opposed by Daisuke Matsuzaka. Right-hander Carlos Villanueva is scheduled to start Sunday, with Clay Buchholz starting for the Sox.

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.