BOSTON David Ortiz is back in the starting lineup Saturday night against the Indians. Ortiz left Fridays game when Darnell McDonald pinch-hit for him in the seventh inning. Manager Bobby Valentine said after the game, a 7-5 Red Sox win, Ortiz might have bruised his heel running out an infield single in the fifth inning.
When I talked to him before Saturdays game he said hes probably not going to be stealing a lot of bases tonight but hes ok to go, Valentine said.
We have an understanding if he feels anything, if he feels like maybe he should be not swinging even if it's in the middle of the bat, hell let us know. But he says hes OK to go and the training room thinks hes OK to go.
Ortiz, who is batting third, is hitting .352 with seven home runs and 23 RBI this season. He is 2-for-8 with a run scored and a walk in two games against the Indians.
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.
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.