A-Gon may play right at Fenway


A-Gon may play right at Fenway

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was asked about the reasoning for giving Will Middlebrooks the night off on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, and he related the move to giving Adrian Gonzalez a chance to get back to his normal first-base position.

"I kind of gave Adrian a day off from running out to right field," said Valentine.

Gonzalez is back at first after being the team's right fielder when Kevin Youkilis returned to the lineup. Youkilis is playing third base on Friday night, and Middlebrooks is out.

As for if we'll see Gonzalez in right field at Fenway anytime soon, Valentine sounded like a manager who believes the time will come, and it could come on Saturday night, when Middlebrooks returns to third base.

"There's a chance of that happening, ya. But, you never know what's going to happen between now and then, so, we'll see what happens," said Valentine before Friday's game.

Some have expressed their dismay with putting Gonzalez in spacious right field at Fenway, but not Valentine. Not yet, at least.

"Some people have had that hesitation," said Valentine. "I'm not sure how to read it. I think he positions himself extremely well, and he gets a very good jump on the ball. Does that make up for some of the foot speed? I'm not sure.

"All I know is, thus far, when the ball's hit, we do a pretty good job of retrieving it, and the opportunities he's had has led me to believe that he can catch it, if he can get to it."

Report: Trump won't throw out first pitch

Report: Trump won't throw out first pitch

One White House tradition will have to wait, if it’s in fact maintained.

President Donald Trump is not going to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals this season, according to the Washington Post.

Post reporter Barry Svrugula wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the White House declined an invitation from the Nats.

POLITICO reported early Tuesday morning that Trump was in talks to throw out the first pitch and that it was also possible he could spend an inning in the MASN booth.

President William Howard Taft began the custom of U.S. presidents throwing out a first pitch on April 14, 1910, at National Stadium in D.C.

According to The Week:

“Since Taft, every president not named Jimmy Carter has thrown out at least one Opening Day first pitch. The executive guests of honor followed in Taft's hefty footsteps, throwing the first ball from the stands, until the late 1980s when Ronald Reagan sauntered onto the mound and improved upon the tradition."

The most famous presidential pitch in recent memory is George W. Bush’s toss during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

The Nats open their season on Monday at home in Washington D.C., in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins. A Nationals Magic 8 Ball is to be given away to the first 20,000 fans.

The Red Sox happen to play the Nats in a pair of exhibitions right before the season, on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game is at the Nats’ home park in D.C. Saturday’s game is to be played in Annapolis, Md., at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon...who's the starting catcher?

Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon...who's the starting catcher?

Evan Drellich talks with Toucher and Rich about who the starting catcher will be and should be for the Red Sox. Christian Vazquez appears to be all the way back from Tommy John surgery. Can he hit?