Pedroia 'excited' to return to lineup


Pedroia 'excited' to return to lineup

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Thursday, and he'll be in the Red Sox starting lineup, hitting third and starting at second base.
It will be his first game since July 3.
"I'm excited, man. I can't wait to get out there and play again," said Pedroia before the game. "Hopefully I'll bring a lot of energy to the team, and hopefully we get on a big run here.
"I feel great, I feel great," he added. "The thumb problems the last few months have healed. And I'm ready to get out there and play ball."
And needless to say, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is thrilled to have him back in the lineup.
"I'm anxious to see him out on the diamond," said Valentine. "I've seen him running around the dugout the last couple of weeks, and he looks a little out of place, and Im sure hell look really in place once hes standing between first and second.
"He gets a little frustrated by not playing, actually, and Im glad were going to turn that page. He tries to do a lot of things and you just can't do it when you're not playing."

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.