Ross goes yard in first game back from DL

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Ross goes yard in first game back from DL

BOSTON -- Cody Ross returned to the Red Sox lineup on Tuesday night after being activated from the disabled list with a fractured foot. He hit seventh and started in left field, before moving to right field later in the game.

But the biggest part of his night came in his solo home run in the bottom of the fourth, ripping an 0-1 cutter into the monster seats in deep left-center, putting the Red Sox up 5-3.

It marked Ross' ninth home run of the season, and also his third straight game with a homer. Only problem for him was, those last two games were on May 17 and 18.

"Its definitely nice to be back out there and be back out there with the guys," said Ross after the Red Sox' 7-5 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. "I just feel like part of a team. When youre on the DL, you almost feel like youre not part of the team andyoure not a good teammate. You canonly do so much cheering, but its nice to get out there and get back into the grind."

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.