Pedroia and Youkilis return to game action

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Pedroia and Youkilis return to game action

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Thanks to injuries last season, Kevin Youkilis (thumb) hadn't been in a game since last Aug. 2 and Dustin Pedroia (broken foot) played just twice after last June 25.

Saturday, both were back in action, and even though the opponent was Boston College, were happy to be in a competitive situation again.

"It's just nice to see both of them on the field,'' said Terry Francona, "running around and looking healthy.''

Youkilis made an immediate impact in the Sox' 6-0 win, making a diving, backhand stop on the second hitter of the game, then adding a three-run, opposite-field homer in the bottom of the inning.

"I think just making it through the game and feeling good (was my goal),'' said Youkils. "Probably the worst thing was I think I peaked too early. But it was good to get back out there.''

Youkilis is returning to third base after spending most of the last five seasons playing first and it didn't take long for him to get tested.

"I'd rather have those than the ones that are right at you,'' said Youkilis, "where you have more time and they can eat you up. But it was great to make a play like that and get it out of the way. But there are going to be more plays down the road and balls I'm going to boot around. That's part of being a third baseman.''

Pedroia was 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored.

In the second, the second baseman hit a grounder over the mound that shortstop Anthony Melchionda snared, running toward second, then fired to first to nab Pedroia at first.

"It felt good,'' said Pedroia of his foot. "I haven't done that in a long time. It felt fine. We'll see how it feels (Sunday).''

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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.