By Sean McAdam
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MINNEAPOLIS -- For the second night in a row, a Red Sox reliever blew a late-inning one-run lead. And for the second night in a row, his teammates quickly got him another.
After Matt Albers cost starter Erik Bedard his first win with the Red Sox, David Ortiz reached on a bases-loaded swinging bunt as Dustin Pedroia crossed the plate in the top of the seventh inning, sending the Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
The victory was the fourth in a row for the Sox.
Bedard walked four in the the first inning as the Twins grabbed a quick 2-0 lead. Thereafter, however, the lefty was sharp, tossing four more shutout innings. Thanks to his high pitch count in the first (37 pitches), Bedard was done after five, allowing two runs on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
The Sox tied in the fifth on a two-run homer from Darnell McDonald, his fourth of the season and first since July 15.
A run-scoring single in the sixth from Jason Varitek delivered Jed Lowrie from second to give the Sox their first lead of the night, but Albers gave it back when he yielded a single to Danny Valencia and a two-out double to Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
Over the last three innings, Franklin Morales, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon combined to allow just one hit over three scoreless frames to secure the lead.
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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.