Sox-Orioles lineups; Lavarnway batting fifth


Sox-Orioles lineups; Lavarnway batting fifth

BALTIMORE -- Ryan Lavarnway is back in the Red Sox' lineup, and batting fifth this time, as the Sox face the Orioles in a must-win game at Camden Yards.

The lineups:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Ryan Lavarnway C
J.D. Drew RF
Marco Scutaro SS
Carl Crawford LF
Mike Aviles 3B

Jon Lester P

Manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Crawford, who had been dropped to the eighth position when the Orioles started a left-hander, would return to the No. 2 spot on Wednesday. But he apparently changed his mind, as Crawford is still at No. 8 despite Baltimore starting a right-hander.

Robert Andino 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Vladmir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis 3B
Nolan Reimold LF

Alfredo Simon P

Simon is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in his last six starts, thought he pitched relatively well (8 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs) against the Tigers last Friday.

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.