Notes: Sox bats streaking; Papelbon wins again


Notes: Sox bats streaking; Papelbon wins again

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
BOSTON -- Prior to Jacoby Ellsburys ninth-inning heroics, the Red Sox had three players with multi-hit nights in Wednesdays 4-3 walk-off win over the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.

Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, and Josh Reddick each finished the game with two hits, with Pedroia and Gonzalez each extending respective streaks of their own.

Pedroia has now hit safely in 25 consecutive games at Fenway Park, dating back to June 4. Hes batting .426 in those games, and it marks the third-longest home hitting streak by a Red Sox player since 1919, and the longest since Nomar Garciaparras 31-gamer in 2003.

Gonzalez extended his overall hit streak to 13 games on Wednesday night. Its his longest hit streak of the season, and the longest active streak among American League batters.

Tim Wakefield didnt get career win No. 200 on Wednesday night, but Jonathan Papelbon picked up his fourth win of the season by pitching a perfect ninth inning, after lefty Randy Williams pitched 1.1 innings of scorless ball.

For Papelbon, it marks the second time in his career that hes picked up the win in back-to-back games, and hes allowed no runs and only one hit while striking out 10 over his last eight games.

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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.