Ortiz (Achilles) to sit for second straight game


Ortiz (Achilles) to sit for second straight game

BOSTON -- David Ortiz is absent from the Red Sox lineup for the second straight game, as he still has some soreness in his injured achilles.

Before Sunday afternoon's game, Ortiz said that he will make a decision before the end of the day to shut himself down for the season.
Ortiz met with manager Bobby Valentine and general manager Ben Cherington after Saturday night's game in Valentine's office.
"I talked to him late last night, probably at about 12:30, and he didn't think today would be a good day to play," said Valentine before Sunday afternoon's game. "I don't know that we have to go any further than that."

Valentine said that they are at the point, now, where the organization has to start thinking about shutting down Ortiz if the soreness in his achilles doesn't go away.

"We're probably there," said Valentine. "We're just giving him a couple days to see. He said that the practice and game, there's just that little level of adrenaline that differentiates. When he hit the double on Friday night and he turned to second, he was uncomfortable, where he was comfortable doing those things in practice.

"We're definitely not going to do anything to jeopardize David's career. David totally wants to do everything he can to be part of this team for as long as he can this year and into the future. So, that's what we're dealing with."

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.