Sox starters unconfirmed past Angels series


Sox starters unconfirmed past Angels series

BOSTON Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is not ready to name his starting pitchers beyond left-hander Franklin Morales in Thursday's series finale against the Angels at Fenway Park.Barring anything unforeseen, Jon Lester and Josh Beckett would start the first two games of the four-game series against the Royals, with tonights starter, Clay Buchholz, starting the finale on Monday. That leaves Sunday afternoons game in question.Aaron Cook, who struggled in his start against the Angels Tuesday, and Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is on the disabled list and made his fifth rehab start against for Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday night, would both be on regular rest. According to a source, though, neither of the right-handers will be making that start.Left-hander Felix Doubront, who has been on the DL since Aug. 10 with a right knee contusion, will be activated and make the start on Sunday, according to the source. He is eligible to be activated on Friday.

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 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’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.