The Sox were swept in a series of at least three games with the Jays for the first time since Sept. 28-30, 2009. The Sox now trail the season series, 5-7.
Junichi Tazawa pitched three scoreless innings giving up two hits with five strikeouts. It was the most strikeouts hes recorded in a relief appearance, and second-most after recording six in a start on Aug. 11, 2009 against the Tigers. He had three strikeouts, with a single in the seventh, the first time in his career hes recorded three strikeouts in an inning. He has allowed two earned runs in nine innings, for a 2.00 ERA, in five relief appearances since being called up July 15.
Adrian Gonzalez has hit safely in 25 of his last 27 games, at a .391 rate (43-for-110). Since the All-Star break he is hitting .438 (14-for-32), raising his season average to .296.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot to straightaway center field leading off the fifth.
Ryan Sweeney snapped an 0-for-15 slide with a double when right fielder Rajai Davis lost the ball in the sun.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. In his last 11 games since July 6, he has 21 strikeouts in 38 at-bats. He has at least one strikeout in each of those games. He has just four hits, including two three-run home runs, in that span. His average has dropped from .250 to .228 in that time.
Left-hander Rich Hill, on the 60-day DL since June 9 with a left elbow strain, threw from 90 feet today and is expected to throw from 120 feet on Monday in Texas. If all goes well, he could throw from a mound on Saturday.
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.
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.