Notes: Red Sox to all wear No. 6 to honor Johnny Pesky


Notes: Red Sox to all wear No. 6 to honor Johnny Pesky

BOSTON -- The Red Sox will all wear uniform jerseys with the No. 6 on back, in honor of Johnny Pesky. The jerseys will be auctioned to benefit the Jimmy Fund.

A pregame ceremony to honor Pesky will be held, with his son, David throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Right-hander Vicente Padilla, who had been on the DL since Aug. 6 with right arm tightness, will be activated for the game. Third baseman Danny Valencia was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the roster.

Left-hander Rich Hill, on the 60-day DL since June 9 with an elbow strain, is progressing Valentine said. He had his rehab assignment transferred to Pawtucket Monday and pitched one scoreless inning with a strikeout.

The reports are that the ball is coming out of his hand very well, Valentine said. Rich today said he likes what it feels like. Theres no pain. His delivery is easy and hes got a back=to-back coming up. That will probably be a true test to see where he is.

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to start tonight for Pawtucket. Valentine said Matsuzaka is expected to pitch at least seven innings.

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.