A's knock around lifeless Matsuzaka, Red Sox lose, 6-1


A's knock around lifeless Matsuzaka, Red Sox lose, 6-1

OAKLAND -- Call it Revenge of the Alumni.

Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss, two former Red Sox outfielders getting their chance to play more on the West Coast, combined to drive in five runs as the Oakland A's beat the Red Sox, 6-1.

Reddick hit his 19th homer of the season in the first and Moss added his ninth homer, a three-run shot, in the second. Daisuke Matsuzaka endured one of his worst -- and shortest -- outings since joining the Red Sox six years ago, charged with five runs in an inning-plus of work.

Matsuzaka was fresh off a strong start last week against Toronto when he yielded a single run in 5 23 innings. But Matsuzaka faced nine hitters and six reached before Bobby Valentine used a quick hook to lift him.

Clayton Mortensen contributed five innings of long relief, allowing just one run, but the Sox, who took a 1-0 lead in the first when Dustin Pedroia singled home Daniel Nava, didn't score over the final eight innings.

After a weekend series in Seattle that saw them go 3-for-27 with runners in scoring position, the Sox again failed to come up with any timely hits. Pedroia's run-scoring single in the first was the only one, in fact, as the Sox were 1-for-6 in that department.

The loss dropped the Sox to 7-18 in Oakland since July 26, 2006.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


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.