Notes: Red Sox ready for quick homestand


Notes: Red Sox ready for quick homestand

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON Through the quirks of an unbalanced schedule, the Red Sox visit Fenway Park for a brief two-day, three-game "homestand" with the Rays, in the middle of what is essentially an 18-day road trip.

The fact that I didnt unpack, yeah, its weird and the doubleheader makes it more wacky, said manager Terry Francona. Thats just the way it is. Just like a long road trip . . . a little weird.

Because of a rainout on April 13, the Sox will play a day-night doubleheader Tuesday, the first game scheduled for 1:05 and the second game at 7:10. With Wednesdays game scheduled for 1:35 p.m., the Sox and Rays will play three games in about 27 or 28 hours. But those are just adjustments that have to be made.

I dont think you really have a choice, Francona said. I always notice thats when you see guys with sniffles, sometimes tight legs. I think thats probably understandable, but everybody goes through it. You kind of have your own stories and you talk to other teams and it happens to everybody. With the unbalanced schedule thats the way its going to be.

Whatever happens the night before you're supposed to show up and play baseball. If we dont win, I dont feel its going to be because we dont show up. Sometimes you just dont win.

Tickets for the April 13 rain-out will be honored for the first game today.

Mike Aviles will start at shortstop in the first game, his second start at that position since joining the Sox, with Marco Scutaro, whose back tightened up on the off day in Seattle, getting a rest.

Marcos backs tight still so thats that, Francona said. And really want Jed Lowrie to play against the lefty (David Price) tomorrow. So were looking at probably two out of three for him. So thats why were doing it. Somebodys going to play two. I think Mikes probably better suited right now.

Francona said Scutaro would be getting treatment on his back today.

Reliever Bobby Jenks, on the disabled list since July 8 with left back tightness, remains in Fort Myers at the Sox complex where he is scheduled to throw a side session today.

J.D. Drew, on the DL since July 20 with a left shoulder impingement, will take batting practice along with the rest of the team in the indoor cages. The Sox are not planning to take BP on the field while they are at Fenway today or tomorrow.

It doesnt matter with his shoulder because hell get the same amount of swings in the cage, just like being on the field, Francona said. Hell hit in the cage today just like everybody else. Same thing tomorrow. At some point he probably needs to play a little bit. Well get to that point when its appropriate. But were not there yet. The one thing hes been doing really well, hes been tracking balls in the outfield, hes been running. So hopefully when he does come back he wont have that initial five, six, seven days of soreness, almost like spring training.

This is the second doubleheader for the Sox this season. They split the first one in Detroit on May 29. According to Elias, the Sox all-time record in doubleheaders: they have swept 494, they split 827 splits, and they were swept 444 times, with one of the games ending in a tie 33 times.

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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.