Red Sox will experiment more with Gonzalez in right field

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Red Sox will experiment more with Gonzalez in right field

BALTIMORE -- On Sunday, after the Red Sox finished an interleague road series in Philadelphia, Adrian Gonzalez had reason to believe he was through with outfield duty -- at least until the Sox play six more road games in interleague parks in mid-June.

Think again.

Gonzalez was back in right field Tuesday, as the Red Sox activated Kevin Youkilis, but put him at first, keeping Will Middlebrooks at third, and shifting Gonzalez to the outfield.

It isn't likely to happen too often, but for now, it's a way to keep Middlebrooks in the lineup.

"Even in a small outfield, we'll have to (appraise) that situation as we see it more," said Bobby Valentine. "I would say that probably less is better than more."

Valentine isn't asking Gonzalez to become a Gold Glove outfielder over night, but rather, just handle the basics.

"I don't think he'll mess up anything," said Valentine. "There just me be a few that he doesn't get to. If it comes to the point that there's outs that we're giving away, then we'll probably scratch the idea. But any outfielder, if you don't get to a baseball, it's a hit. It will become a little subjective after a while.

"If it's obvious that a ball should be caught and it's not caught, then we'll have a different (appraisal)."

"I think that Adrian knows himself really well," said general manager Ben Cherington. "He knows how far he can push it and I think Bobby has a good feel for how far he can push it. It's not going to be an everyday thing. It's probably not a long-term thing. But in the short-term, here and there, and in the right ballparks, maybe it helps us a little bit. We've got to do it in safe a way as possible."

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.