Hockey to return to Fenway this winter


Hockey to return to Fenway this winter

BOSTON -- Hockey will return to Fenway Park this winter as part of a two-week series of ice-skating events.

The rink, first erected for the 2010 Winter Classic between the Bruins and Flyers, will be reconstructed. A mens college hockey doubleheader and the Mayors Community Skates are already scheduled to be held in the two-week period, and other events are planned pending city approval.

On Saturday, January 7, four Hockey East teams will participate in a doubleheader. Vermont faces Massachusetts at 4 p.m., and New Hampshire plays Maine at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 13.

The Mayors Community Skates will make the ice at the ballpark available to residents of the City of Boston for two free skate days, which will be determined soon.

More information on the Mayors Community Skates will be announced in the coming months. In 2010, thousands of Boston city residents had access to the ice at Fenway Park and were able to take advantage of free skating at the ballpark.

A series of events that will be part of the two-week "Frozen Fenway" 2012 program will be announced in the weeks to go. Fans and residents interested in learning more about these and any upcoming events can visit redsox.comfrozenfenway for periodic updates.

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.