Valentine: Doubtful Beckett will make next start


Valentine: Doubtful Beckett will make next start

BOSTON -- The Red Sox haven't completely ruled out Josh Beckett making his next scheduled start, but it's looking doubtful.

Beckett left Tuesday's game in the third inning, complaining of back spasms. The initial plan was to have him throw a bullpen Thursday or Friday, but that is now on hold.

"He's not throwing Thursday,'' said manager Bobby Valentine, "and I'd say it's questionable for him to throw Friday, which would then make it questionable that he would pitch in his next start, which means that he won't make it -- more than likely -- if he doesn't throw Thursday or Friday.''

Valentine added that Beckett felt "much improved Thursday. He had a great night's sleep, but he's still a little limited in his motion.''

Valentine declined to say whom the Sox would choose to start in his place, though there has been plenty of speculation that lefty Franklin Morales would step in and take Beckett's spot.

Morales was to be available to contribute out of the bullpen Thursday night, though that would hardly him make him ineligible to pitch Sunday.

A source indicated that the Sox hope to avoid placing Beckett on the disabled list, indicating that they don't belive the back spasms are a long-term concern.

Even if Beckett can't go Sunday, it's conceivable he could start against the Texas Rangers, who come to town Monday for a three-game series before the Sox leave on a 10-game road trip to Cleveland, Baltimore and New York.

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.