Youkilis (foot) X-ray is negative


Youkilis (foot) X-ray is negative

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
PHILADELPHIA -- An X-ray on Kevin Youkilis's foot came back negative Thursday. Youkilis fouled a ball off of his left foot in Boston's 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday, but he remained in the game. The team, however, held Youkilis out of the lineup Thursday.

Drew Sutton played third base and batted seventh in Youkilis' place. Sutton finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the Sox' 5-2 win over the Phillies.

Taking over Youkilis' usual cleanup spot in the lineup was Dustin Pedroia. After going 1-for-5 with a solo home run in the eighth inning, Pedroia is now 14-for-25 (.560) with three homers and eight RBIs in his career as a cleanup hitter.

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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.