Sox keep focus, beat Rangers, 9-2

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Sox keep focus, beat Rangers, 9-2

BOSTON Despite the controversy swirling from nearly every nook of Fenway Park before the game, the Red Sox beat the Rangers, 9-2, Monday night.

In the process, the Sox gave Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish a rude welcome on his first appearance at Fenway Park. Darvish took the loss, falling to 11-8 with a 4.57 ERA. He went 6 23 innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits and four walks with nine strikeouts and a wild pitch.

Aaron Cook earned the win to improve to 3-5, lowering his ERA from 5.24 to 4.70.

He went seven innings, giving up one run on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

Although Aaron Cook had runners on base in every inning except the sixth, he allowed just one run.

The Rangers scored first getting a run off the Red Sox right-hander in the second inning. Nelson Cruz led off with a double, scoring on David Murphys single to center.

The top four batters in the Sox lineup Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia, and Adrian Gonzalez went 11-for-18, with eight RBI, and six runs scored.

The Red Sox started their scoring with two in the third and three in fourth.

In the third, Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double to left, scoring on Carl Crawfords double to right. Adrian Gonzalezs one-out double to right scored Crawford.

With one out in the fourth, Ryan Kalish walked, going to second on Mike Aviles single to center and scoring on Ellsbury's double. Crawfords sacrifice fly scored Aviles and Pedroias double to left scored Ellsbury.

The Sox added a run in the seventh as Pedroia led off with a double, scoring on Gonzalezs single to right.

In the eighth, with reliever Michael Kirkman pitching, Ellsbury hit a one-out infield single, scoring on Crawfords double off the wall. After a walk to Pedroia walked, Gonzalezs single to right scored Crawford, with Pedroia going to third. Tanner Scheppers replaced Kirkman, giving up a sacrifice fly to Cody Ross, scoring Pedro Ciriaco who pinch-ran for Pedroia.

Junichi Tazawa, who relieved Cook, gave up a solo home run to Adrian Beltre, leading off the ninth.

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.