Valentine getting comfortable managing on the fly


Valentine getting comfortable managing on the fly

BOSTON Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said hes doing a better job of handling contingencies and the proverbial curveballs now than he was at the beginning of the season.

With left-hander Rich Hill joining the team over the weekend, Aaron Cook a possibility for this week, Andrew Miller on the disabled list, and Mark Melancon a possibility for a recall at some point, Valentine is paying closer attention to potential roster moves.

Im reading reports every day and I have made it to plan D, he said. A, B, C and D, the plans, the what-ifs. You try to have what-ifs. To tell you the truth, I didn't have a what-if at the beginning of the season. Im kicking myself for it.

Its different. Its challenging. Interesting. It is what it is.

The outfield and the bullpen, I didn't have a major plan for not having Jacoby Ellsbury. My fault. I should have. And two-deep in the bullpen. the two guys we traded for during the wintertime Andrew Bailey and Melancon, you figure one of them pitching the ninth inning come April 13.

Instead, he had to adjust on the fly.

Absolutely! Thats what were doing, he said. Absolutely. Thats what Im doing. I think you have to have plans. Im kicking myself a little. I think I didn't have a great plan. But its coming together now.On the fly the plan seems to be working.

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.