By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON It wasnt the easiest route needing nineattempts or the prettiest outing giving up five runs in six innings but TimWakefield got his 200th career win Tuesday night at Fenway Park, asthe Red Sox demolished the Blue Jays, 18-6.
Wakefield gave up a three-run home run to J.P. Arencibia in thesecond inning and a two-run shot by JoseBautista in the third, accounting for all the Jays runs off him. He struck out six, walked two, and hit abatter. After Brett Lawrie reached on aKevin Youkilis error in the third, Wakefield struck out Arencibia and AdamLoewen to end the inning. starting a stretch in which he retired 11 of thefinal 13 batters he faced.In addition to his 200th career win, Wakefieldimproved to 7-6 with a 5.13 ERA.Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia powered the offense,going a combined 8-for-10 with eight runs scored, eight RBI, a walk and three home runs. Pedroia went 4-for-4, with two homeruns and five RBI. It was his third career multi-homer game and first sinceJune 24, 2010 in Colorado (the day before he fractured his left foot, fouling aball off, essentially knocking him out for the season).
His five RBI alsomatched a career high, for the fourth time, the last also coming on June 24, 2010.His two home runs gave him 20 for the season, becoming the seventh Red Soxbatter to have 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season.Brandon Morrow took the loss for the Jays, giving up seven runs(five earned) in 5 13 innings, on seven hits, a walk, one wild pitch, two hitbatters, and a balk, with two strikeouts. His record fell to 9-11, with a 5.23ERA.
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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.