Aviles gives Sox a scare

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Aviles gives Sox a scare

TORONTO Shortstop Mike Aviles gave his manager a scare in the third inning of Saturdays game against the Blue Jays.

With the Red Sox already short on middle infielders with Dustin Pedroia nursing an ailing thumb, Aviles was caught on his right hand in a nearly identical spot to Pedroias injury when Edwin Encarnacion's sharply hit bouncer took a funny skip off the Rogers Centre turf.

Valentine, along with trainer Rick Jameyson, trotted from the dugout. Valentines thoughts as he was covered the distance?

Oh, shoot! His fingers not broken, is it? It didnt hit him in the wrist, did it?

Thats why I didnt run out there, Valentine said. I tried to go through the whole gamut of things in my head.

But Aviles was not hurt seriously. Just momentarily stung.

I just needed a second because it was throbbing and it hurt, Aviles said. But it went away.

Aviles who initially was charged with an error before the official scorer reversed the decision -- reassured Valentine and Jameyson, then shooed them back to the dugout.

By the time they came out I was good, Aviles said. I actually didnt want them to come out but they came out.

I got nervous for a split second too because I didnt know what was going on, like Oh, man, dont tell me and then it went away. But its fine. Ill be good. Ill be playing tomorrow. Stayed in there, grabbed the ball, throw, fine, all the same.

But, the next ball he got wasnt any easier a sharply hit ball by Brett Lawrie leading off the fourth which Aviles turned for a groundout. Although, not without leaving his glove hand with a stinger.

And, what would Valentine have done if Aviles had needed to come out of the game?

I would have put Dustin in the game, Valentine said. For a while anyway.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.