Notes: Reddick (hand), Lowrie (shoulder) out

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Notes: Reddick (hand), Lowrie (shoulder) out

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON -- A day after setting career high in hits, times on base, and runs scored, Josh Reddick is out of the starting lineup for the finale of the series against the Rangers at Fenway Park. Reddick, who was was hit on the hand in his final plate appearance last night, had an ice pack on his hand this morning.

Redds pretty sore, manager Terry Francona said. Structurally hes fine. He just got a pretty good bruise. I think what well do is well certainly stay away from him today, let him concentrate on the ice and whatever they want to do in there as opposed to trying to pick up a bat and come back a day too early. The hope would be that we could get him some treatment today, calm that thing down and maybe have him available tomorrow.

Jed Lowrie is also out of the starting lineup. He left Saturdays game with tightness in his left shoulder.

Jeds doing OK, Francona said. Hes actually doing pretty well. I think . . . it was certainly more precautionary. We just wanted to nip something before it got worse and I think we did that. Because of our situations at times weve played guys . . . Kevin Youkilis wasnt available and was on the DL so sometimes you just dont want to go too far with guys.

Red Sox pitchers entered the game leading the majors with 72 hit batters. John Lackey, who leads all pitchers in that category, extended his lead to 18 hit batters when he hit Josh Hamilton with two outs in the first inning Sunday.

Its probably an indication of a couple of things," Francona said. One is you need to pitch in aggressively or these big, strong guys are going to kill you. And then there are probably times when weve had guys that havent commanded. Like Kyle Weilands game his major league debut when he hit two batters. Theres days like that too where you get a young kid that whacks somebody because hes probably nervous. But I do know we feel the need to pitch in and pitch in aggressively or you get beat up too much.

Alfredo Aceves is also among the leaders, entering Sundays game with 11 hit batters 90 13 innings (compared to Lackeys 136 13).

Ryan Lavarnway will join the Red Sox in Toronto Monday. Triple-A Pawtucket claimed the International League North title Saturday and will wrap up the regular season Monday. Playoffs begin Wednesday. While the big league team is aware of Pawtuckets status, the fortune of the big league team trumps that.

I think we have to be realistic, Francona said. What we do here is more important. Its not taking away from what theyre doing. I just think there's a way to do it where we dont have to have mass call-ups where it really doesnt help us. We can let them finish their season out and if we need somebody we can always go get them. It just seems like it makes sense. We could call up seven guys and have them sit here or you could let them play there and get regular innings and regular at-bats. Then if we need them well call them up.

"Plus the fact that since thats the case, these guys have worked hard. They should get to enjoy the playoff experience. Again, we wouldnt sacrifice a game here for that but wed like to see them play and have a chance to win.

And, having the playoff experience is a vital part of player development.

I think its good, Francona said. I think its real good actually. The young kids that come up together they have that feeling of . . . I dont know if its family, but that togetherness that you only have with guys you come up through the minor leagues with. So I think thats true. In player development you never sacrifice the development for winning but when theyre able to win, I think its really good for them.

Francona was asked about some of the newer metrics designed to measure defensive ability and efficiency. Hes not a big fan.

To be honest with you, these ratings, and theres a few different ones, he said. Some confuse me. I know theyre trying to be able to evaluate defense without just looking with the naked eye. Even the UZR rating, you look at some of these ratings, its a little suspect so I dont know. I dont think its a problem when you see your guys every day. We know what they can do and what they can't do. I think what it helps is when you see a guy three or four times a year.

With or without the metrics, hes satisfied with his teams defense.

I think out outfield has been pretty athletic, which is good, he said. Jacoby being healthy and feeling good about himself has been huge. Carl in left field, hes good and whoever weve had in right, whether its J.D. or Reddick or Mac has been pretty solid. Gonzies a really good first baseman. Pedeys as good as you're ever going to find. Scoot is a guy who, when hes out there, makes the average play, which is what you need. And Youk going to third has been huge for us because he can go to third. And the fact that hes been a first baseman and has the ability to go to third is huge. Our catchers have done terrific. Take away the first two weeks of the season, Saltys been one of the better throwers.

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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.