Ross goes yard in first game back from DL


Ross goes yard in first game back from DL

BOSTON -- Cody Ross returned to the Red Sox lineup on Tuesday night after being activated from the disabled list with a fractured foot. He hit seventh and started in left field, before moving to right field later in the game.

But the biggest part of his night came in his solo home run in the bottom of the fourth, ripping an 0-1 cutter into the monster seats in deep left-center, putting the Red Sox up 5-3.

It marked Ross' ninth home run of the season, and also his third straight game with a homer. Only problem for him was, those last two games were on May 17 and 18.

"Its definitely nice to be back out there and be back out there with the guys," said Ross after the Red Sox' 7-5 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. "I just feel like part of a team. When youre on the DL, you almost feel like youre not part of the team andyoure not a good teammate. You canonly do so much cheering, but its nice to get out there and get back into the grind."

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.