The Red Sox are still in the process of trying to trade Kevin Youkilis, several major league sources said. But after being held out of the lineup for three days, he is batting sixth and playing third base today.
"It's not directly related to anything other than than trying to win a ballgame and keep him as sharp as possible." Bobby Valentine said.
Will Middlebrooks is the DH as David Ortiz gets a day off.
The White Sox, Indians and Dodgers remain in the mix for Youkilis with another team — as yet unknown — also involved.
In the latest twist, the third baseman's brother has taken to Twitter to criticize Valentine and the city of Boston.
"Love that #teamyouk may be changing sox real soon. #Chicago is better town anyways!" wrote Scott Youkilis, a restaurant owner in San Francisco.
He also wrote, "Bobby V is a joke."
Valentine also owns a restaurant. Maybe the two warring parties can have a cook off. Aaron Cook can be the judge.
(Hat tip to WEEI for the Chef Youk news.).