Notes: Drew knocks his first home run of spring


Notes: Drew knocks his first home run of spring

By MaureenMullen

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was a tough way for Yamaico Navarro to get his second walk-off hit in three days taking a pitch from the Os Wynn Pelzer off his left wrist in the ninth inning with the bases loaded to drive in Josh Reddick with the winning run, 2-1. Navarro, who had the game-winning hit Monday against the Orioles, has a contusion.

J.D. Drew entered the game hitting .182, but went 2-for-2 with a solo home run, his first homer of the spring, raising his average to .308.

Bobby Jenks pitched his third scoreless one-inning outing, with two strikeouts.

Scott Atchison pitched two scoreless innings, with one strikeout.

Tony Pena pitched perfect ninth inning to improve his record to 2-0, leading the staff in wins.

Juan Carlos Linares entered the game tied for the Grapefruit League lead with seven runs scored.

Oscar Tejeda entered the game tied for the league lead with two triples.

Mike Cameron, who had been planning to serve as the designated hitter for the game, instead sat it out to give his ailing left knee (tendonitis) one more day. He plans to DH Thursday in Port Charlotte against the Rays.

Pitchers scheduled to travel to Port Charlotte for today's game against the Rays include Daisuke Matsuzaka (starter), Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Miller, Michael Bowden and Rich Hill.

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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.