Youkilis (back) to begin rehab assignment Wed.


Youkilis (back) to begin rehab assignment Wed.

BOSTON Third baseman Kevin Youkilis will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Pawtucket. Youkilis has been on the disabled list retroactive to April 29 with a low back strain.

Youkilis will begin as the PawSox DH and work his way up to playing in the field.

Hes going to hit at least, said manager Bobby Valentine. Were trying to get him three at-bats tomorrow as the DH. He looked really good taking his ground balls today, moving around, bounce in his steep. Hell start tomorrow and get him enough, whatever its going to take to have him say he feels good. Probably go from DH to playing in the field and seeing some pitches.

Pawtucket begins a four-day series in Durham today against the Rays' affiliate.

The PawSox lead the International League North and have the best record overall at 25-14.

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.