BOSTON Left fielder Carl Crawford left the Red Sox clubhouse early this afternoon, on his way to the teams training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., to continue rehabbing his left elbow.He said he felt great, manager Bobby Valentine said. When he left he just said his elbow felt great, his body felt great and hes ready to get going.Crawford, who has been on the disabled list since the start of the season after mid-January surgery on his left wrist and a subsequent elbow injury, is getting close to going out on a rehab assignment. But there is not a firm date in place for that yet.Well take it how he progresses in Florida, Valentine said. Theres one in pencil, of course.-- Valentine had praise for Adrian Gonzalez, who has been playing right field instead of his customary first base recently.Adrians, like Dustin Pedroia during this last few weeks weve been staying afloat and even improving on how we were and his personal sacrifice has a lot to do with that, Valentine said. Weve been able to put a lineup on the field thats helped us win games because Adrians made that position change.-- Will Middlebrooks is not in the starting lineup tonight. Kevin Youkilis is at third, with Gonzalez at first, and Cody Ross in right field. Valentine said it was just a day off for Middlebrooks, or a day on for the other players. However youd like to look at it.
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