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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --In one of the finest pitching performances in recent Red Sox history, Josh Beckett tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout and got all the support he needed with one swing from Kevin Youkilis as the Red Sox blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0.
Youkilis blasted a three-run homer off Jeremy Hellickson in the seventh, scoring Dustin Pedroia (triple) and Adrian Gonzalez (intentional walk) ahead of him.
Beckett improved to 6-2 and dropped his ERA to 1.86 ERA. The game marked the eighth time in 14 outings in which Beckett has allowed one or no runs.
The lone hit off Beckett came on a slow roller to third base by Reid Brignac with two outs in the third. Youkilis fielded it cleanly, but Brignac beat his one-hop throw to first.
Beckett's errant pickoff attempt then enabled Brignac to take second, but he was stranded there when Beckett caught Johnny Damon looking at a called third strike for the final out.
He then retired the final 19 hitters he faced for the first Red Sox win against Tampa in four tries this season. The victory improved the Sox' record to 7-1 on their three-city, nine-game road trip.
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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.
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.