Red Sox activate Ellsbury


Red Sox activate Ellsbury

As expected, the Red Sox have activated center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list prior to their game Friday night against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Ellsbury has been out since sustaining a partially dislocated left shoulder in the home opener on April 13. He has missed 79 games.

To make room on the roster for Ellsbury, expected to be back in his familiar leadoff spot Friday night, the Red Sox have designated journeyman righthander Justin Germano for assignment. That gives the team 10 days to trade, release or have the pitcher accept a minor league assignment.

Ellsbury hit .185 in his seven-game minor league rehabilitation assignment.

Red Sox rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who missed the past week with a hamstring injury, is also back in the lineup, batting fifth.

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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.