Red Sox turn it on late, beat Rays, 5-2

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Red Sox turn it on late, beat Rays, 5-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Long after it can do them any good, the Red Sox are, belatedly, having themselves a pretty good road trip.

The Sox rode a two-run homer from Jacoby Ellsbury, a two-run pinch-hit single by Mauro Gomez and a fine start from Aaron Cook to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-2, for their third win in the first four games of their current road swing.

Boston was hitless until the sixth, when, with Jose Iglesias (hit batsman) on third, Jacoby Ellsbury smacked his fourth homer of the year, breaking up Alex Cobb's no-hit bid and shutout all at once.

An inning later, Gomez hit for Scott Podsednik and drilled a single down the left field line, scoring James Loney and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Cook limited the Rays to a single run over six innings and picked up his first win since Aug. 6 and just his second since June 29. Rich Hill and Junichi Tazawa both contributed scoreless innings out of the bullpen before the Rays reached Mark Melancon for a run in the ninth.

The loss was Tampa Bay's sixth in their last seven games and dropped them further back in the chase for the second American League wild card.

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.