Game Story: Red Sox shut down by A's, 5-0


Game Story: Red Sox shut down by A's, 5-0

By SeanMcAdam

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Like Daisuke Matsuzaka before him, John Lackey made a nice turnaround from two poor starts. Unlike Matsuzaka on Monday, Lackey didn't have the benefit of any run support.

Pitching for the first time since the Red Sox' home opener, Lackey allowed just one run on four hits over six innings. But his teammates were blanked by Brett Anderson (eight innings) and Craig Breslow and Brian Fuentes (combined one inning) for a 5-0 loss, snapping Boston's modest three-game winning streak.

The Sox are winless (0-7) away from home this season, the only team without a road victory.

The Red Sox have not scored a run in their last 20 innings and the road and have been shutout in consecutive road games for the first time since Aug. 7-8, 2009.

After a two-out single by Adrian Gonzalez in the first, the Red Sox didn't collect another hit until the eighth.

The A's manufactured a run in the first when Coco Crisp singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a groundout by David DeJesus. They added four insurance runs off the Boston bullpen in the eighth -- with a two-run double by Hideki Matsui as the key hit -- to put the game safely out of reach.

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.