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Initial Q&A from Bobby V on Youk

BOSTON -- Here's the question Bobby Valentine was asked Sunday morning and aired on WHDH Sports XTra Sunday night, and the manager's response:

Questioner, off-camera: "Kevin Youkilis, his bat has come to life here in the last two games, but he was off to a surprising start for Kevin Youkilis. Seven games, seven strikeouts, has only walked twice. Very un-Youkilis-like. What are your eyes telling you?'

Valentine: "The walks came yesterday. He's had a couple of big at-bats where he's really gotten into it. I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason, but yesterday it seemed like he's seeing the ball well. He got those two walks, he got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he'll move on from there."