Youkilis to play through hernia; Beckett returning


Youkilis to play through hernia; Beckett returning

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen

BOSTON -- Kevin Youkilis, who was back in the lineup Tuesday night, confirmed he has bursitis in his hip and a sports hernia. He will continue to play but will have surgery on the hernia after the season is over.

The bottom line for me is going out there and playing through it, Youkilis said. Theres a lot of guys banged up here. Im not the only individual here. In September, there are always a lot of guys hurting and feeling stuff. Ive been unfortunate with my hip that it just never really has healed. It basically has been inflamed. We tried with the injection. Its one of those things where you hope it gets better and better, but it just hasnt.

"Fortunately, weve got a great staff that is going to try to improve it every day and hopefully get it calmed down. Weve got some special padding to put on it for sliding and all the other things. Basically, were going to attack it as best we can, go day to day and play as best as I can tolerate it. Hopefully thats everyday and all nine innings.

Josh Beckett, who was knocked out of his last start with a sprained right ankle, threw a side session Monday and is expected to pitch either Thurdsay or Friday against the Rays at Fenway Park. He was scheduled to meet with team doctors before Tuesdays game against the Blue Jays and make a decision after that.

I said, Look, whatevers in your best interest. If you think the extra day helps you even more, well push you back. Thats kind of where were at," Francona said.

Eric Bedard, who has been sidelined by a lat strain caused by favoring his knee that had him on the DL earlier this season, could pitch one of the games in the doubleheader Monday against the Orioles.

He may throw today, Francona said. Well see. If he throws today, were just going to have to see where it goes. We dont know. We know we have a doubleheader coming up next monday that we got to fill two spots he may be a candidate, he may not. Well see

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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.