Ortiz presents Derby champ Cano with Happy Meal


Ortiz presents Derby champ Cano with Happy Meal

By Adam Hart

The trophy, the recognition, a stadium full of cheering fans; all the spoils of winning the Home Run Derby, earned by Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.

But it doesn't stop there. American League Derby team captain David Ortiz allowed Comcast SportsNet New England to film the presentation of what he called "the real present."

It's a McDonald's Happy Meal.

"I love McDonald's," said Cano, laughing at the pre-All-Star game award ceremony. "So I love my fries and my burger."

"And you got something to defend yourself right here," said Ortiz, who pulled out a Star Wars light saber toy from the Happy Meal box.

As runner-up, Adrian Gonzalez was awarded a Strawberry Shortcake Happy Meal toy.

"This is perfect for the baby girl on the way," Gonzalez said with a smile.

Ortiz, the 2010 Home Run Derby champ, explained where he got the idea.

"My boy Torii Hunter last year, he took care of me when it came down to winning the Home Run Derby. He gave me the real present," said Ortiz.

Already this season he's given hugs to Yankees fans and a Happy Meal to the Red Sox rival's second baseman. In the final year of his contract, could he be buttering up those in New York for a possible free-agency courtship?


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.