Red Sox ride Doubront to win over Tigers, 7-4


Red Sox ride Doubront to win over Tigers, 7-4

BOSTON -- Felix Doubront, who was unsure whether he'd be in the Red Sox' starting rotation until the final days of spring training, became the winningest Red Sox starter Monday, earning his fifth win of the season in a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Doubront allowed two runs -- both on solo homers -- over six innings while winning for the fourth time in his last five starts.

The win allowed the Red Sox to reach the .500 mark for the sixth time this season and was the team's first against Detroit this season after a season-opening sweep at the hands of the Tigers in April.

Six different Red Sox hitters drove in runs, led by Mike Aviles, who delivered two from the the ninth spot in the order. Three of the Boston runs came in the second inning when the Tigers thought that they had struck out Aviles on a foul-tip caught by catcher Gerald Laird.

Manager Jim Leyland and third base coach Gene Lamont were ejected for arguing the call. Aviles singled in a run after being given a reprieve while Daniel Nava (double) and Dustin Pedroia (single) also provided run-scoring hits.

Ryan Sweeney, returning from a week-long stint on the disabled list, led the way with three hits. David Ortiz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Aviles each had two hits, with Saltalamacchia swatting his ninth homer and fourth in his last seven starts.

For the second game in a row, Alfredo Aceves allowed a two-run homer in the ninth inning. This time, however, there was enough of a cushion.

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.