BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox made a spate of roster moves Tuesday, resulting in a lineup against the Orioles that looks familiar in some ways . . . and very different in others.
As expected, the Red Sox placed Cody Ross (broken foot) on the 15-day disabled list and activated Kevin Youkilis, who had been on the DL because of a back ailment since the beginning of the month. In addition, Scott Podsednik has been summoned from Pawtucket and is with the team at Camden Yards; it's expected that Ryan Sweeney (concussion) will be placed on the new, seven-day DL to make room on the roster.
The Sox will also have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Podsednik, but several of the players on the 15-day DL -- Daisuke Matsuzaka would be an obvious candidate -- can be moved to the 60-day DL, which would create a roster spot on the 40.
As a result of all the moves, Youkilis will move back to his old position -- first base -- for Tuesday night's game against the Orioles, with Adrian Gonzalez playing right field and Will Middlebrooks staying at third base.
More to come . . .
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.
The Chicago Cubs get men on base early and often to win their first World Series game since 1945, a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians
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