Valentine 'surprised' Gonzalez's illness got best of him

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Valentine 'surprised' Gonzalez's illness got best of him

The Red Sox - Yankees series was enough to make Sox fans sick.

As it turns out, it was enough to make Sox players sick, too.

Adrian Gonzalez left after the second inning of Sunday's eventual 7-3 loss to New York due to an illness. Gonzalez had been fighting off the cold before the game, but it didn't seem like it would cost him playing time -- at least not in the eyes of manager Bobby Valentine.

Sure enough though, Gonzalez asked to sit, ending his 18-game hitting streak in the process.

"Yeah he got sick during the game when he was coughing, getting real dizzy, eyes were watering," Valentine said. "He's been on medication for a while.

"... 18-game hitting streak, left it out there with one at-bat. Must have been pretty sick."

Valentine hadn't considered Gonzalez not being able to play, and expressed that after the game.

"It took me by total surprise," he said of Gonzalez needing to sit. "I figure if he's going to say anything, it must be something of notice.

"Nick Punto got a couple hits, was on-base. He did a good job there filling there."

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”