Ellsbury goes through agility drills


Ellsbury goes through agility drills

KANSAS CITY - Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who suffered a subluxation of the right shoulder in the Red Sox' home opener, was out on the field at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday afternoon, going through agility drills for the first time since the injury.

Until Tuesday, Ellsbury has pretty much been limited to just cardiovascular workouts.

"They're really excited about his acceleration," said Bobby Valentine of the Red Sox' training staff. "This is the beginning of the next step in his program, where he's able to swing his arm and make all those movements, agility-wise."

Ellsbury tweeted an update on his health earlier in the day.

Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.