By Sean McAdam
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Ortiz, suspended for four games for charging the mound in a game against the Baltimore Orioles on July 8, intends to appeal the suspension and will be in the lineup when the Red Sox resume the second half, an industry source said Thursday.
Ortiz went out after Baltimore reliever Kevin Gregg after Gregg came inside on three pitches, then yelled at Ortiz after the Red Sox DH was slow to run out a fly ball to shallow right field.
Ortiz took a wild left uppercut which missed Gregg as both benches emptied.
Major League Baseball also suspended Gregg for four games. MLB also suspended reliever Mike Gonzalez, who threw behind Ortiz two days later, for three games and Baltimore manager Buck Showalter for one game.
The Red Sox and Orioles are scheduled to meet Monday for the start of a three-game series.
It's unknown how quickly Ortiz can have his appeal heard.
A source familiar with Ortiz's thinking said the Red Sox slugger didn't want to miss the big weekend series with Tampa, which remains just six games behind the Sox in the American League East.
Also, Ortiz was concerned that beginning his suspension Friday (and carrying through Monday night) would mean missing an entire week, thanks to the four-day All-Star break, and was worried what effect that would have on his swing.
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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.
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.