Ellsbury hit with a bad memory in Kansas City


Ellsbury hit with a bad memory in Kansas City

By Joe Haggerty
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KANSAS CITY Jacoby Ellsbury got a scare and a bit of a deja-vu feeling -- and so did the Red Sox -- when he was drilled by a pitch in the back in the eighth inning of Friday night's 7-1 win over the Royals.

It was in Kauffman Stadium, after all, that Ellsbury's 2010 season was derailed when he collided with third baseman Adrian Beltre and suffered broken ribs that sidelined him for all but 12 of the remaining 156 games. And as he visibly winced in pain while walking to first base Friday night, all the while being checked by trainer Mike Reinhold and manager Terry Francona, those memories couldn't help but bubble up.

"This is where he broke his ribs last year," said teammate Jed Lowrie.

Ellsbury stayed in the game after being hit and wound up scoring a run, but was lifted in the bottom of the eighth. Francona said it was precautionary, and Ellsbury agreed.

I was running the bases and I was fine. Then we justwanted to throw some ice on it, said Ellsbury.

"Francona wanted to take me out and rest it."

Ellsbury has missed only one game this season while postingMVP numbers and, at times, carrying the Red Sox to wins when otherplayers were injured or slumping. The 56 extra-base hits, 33 stolenbases, .313 batting average and .887 OPS indicate how important he is to the Sox, and why the team will be cautious with him over the next few days.

Francona said Ellsbury -- who admitted "it feels like I got hit" -- will be reevaulated Saturday before a decision is made on whether he'll return to the lineup.

It all depends on how he feels," said Lowrie, "but if he feels good then hes going to play. I can promise you that.

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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.