Valencia excited to make first start for Red Sox

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Valencia excited to make first start for Red Sox

CLEVELAND An interesting week for Red Sox third baseman Danny Valencia ends with him in the starting lineup for the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.

It started last Sunday when the Sox acquired Valencia in an August waiver trade with the Minnesota Twins, and continued when the corner infielder joined the Pawtucket Red Sox to play against Minnesotas Triple-A club in Rochester for a pair of games. When Will Middlebrooks went down with the fractured right wrist, Ben Cheringtons prudent depth acquisition was called up to the big club. On Sunday, he is batting eighth between Mike Aviles and Kelly Shoppach.

To say its been a dizzying flurry of moves for Valencia this week would be an understatement.

Its been crazy. I went back to playing against my old team in Triple-A and now Im here. But Im ready to go and excited to play, Valencia said. I feel bad for Middlebrooks, but I just want to be able to start, come off the bench or do whatever is going to help this team win.

Valencia hopped in for a few innings as a defensive replacement in Saturday nights loss to the Tribe, and was asked whether he was happy to get his feet wet.

I got them soaked out there, said a smiling Valencia. It was nice. You just want to get the early jitters out. I dont really know anybody here, so it was good to get out there and stretch my legs a little bit.

The Twins third baseman fell out of favor in Minnesota this season while struggling with a .198.212.310 line in 34 games following a horrendous April performance. That led to his trade away from the Twins, and Valencia is hoping it leads to a fresh beginning in Boston during their time of need.

He went 3-for-7 with a pair of doubles in his two games against Triple-A Rochester, and said hes now beyond his early season struggles.

Its nice to be able to start over and have a clean slate. Its great to come and try to help a team thats right in the middle of a playoff push, said Valencia. It feels good. It was definitely a rough April for me. They had guys come in and do a great job and there was no room for me anymore.

But Im over here now and its worked out for me. So thats nice.

Valencia will try to continue the nice story of his time with Boston in his starting debut against the Tribe on Sunday afternoon.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.