BOSTON -- John Lackey threw to live hitters for the second time since his offseason Tommy John surgery, prior to Thursday's game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.Manager Bobby Valentine said that Lackey's velocity was "pretty good" in the 20 pitches he threw. He also said that Lackey will not pitch for the Red Sox this season.Instead, Lackey will pitch in the instructional league. And it won't have anything to do with his physical development, but instead, will have only to do with his mental check list."He felt he was better than he did last time," said Valentine. "He looked better than he did last time. No chance of him pitching here, but he's looking forward to pitching a couple innings in the fall league in Florida."It's been a goal of his. So, you at least want to be able to reach your goals. And he's worked so hard that he looks good, he feels good, and to check that off, I think, would be good thing for him to do. He's been right on schedule. He's made every bullpen session. He's made every weight session."
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.
For your viewing pleasure. 👀 pic.twitter.com/tiZMK0x8w1— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 27, 2016
Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.
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.