Questionable defensive play costs Sox


Questionable defensive play costs Sox

BOSTON -- When Will Middlebrooks made an all-out diving catch in foul territory for the first out in the top of the 10th inning, it looked as if the Red Sox weren't going to let a lead-off double -- in the same inning -- ruin their night.

But a Jamey Carroll single up the middle in the next at-bat drove in Darin Mastroianni to give the Twins a 6-5 lead in extra innings.

Vicente Padilla was able to get the next two outs before any more damage was done, but one run would be all the Twins needed to walk away with a 6-5 win.

And it all started with a fly ball to right field that probably should have been caught by either Jacoby Ellsbury or Cody Ross, who both sort of held up at the last second as they approached a possible collision.

"I thought it hung up there long enough," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine afterwards. "Cody was playing over where he hit the ball last time. And I don't know if Ellsbury came over enough."

But Ross said after the game that he should have caught it, even though he admitted that nobody called for it.

"I feel like I should have caught it," said Ross. "Any ball that's in my way, I feel like I should catch."

Neither Ross or Ellsbury made the play, and it ended up being the winning run.

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.