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 RBI and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of a highlight-rich 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 RBI for the Cubs.

BASEBALL COMMISSIONER Rob Manfred is hopeful an agreement on a new labor contract will be reached before the current deal expires Dec. 1.

Negotiators for management and the players’ association have been meeting in New York this week.

The 2006 contract was announced during the World Series and the 2011 agreement on Nov. 22.

WORLD SERIES: Cleveland’s’ 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 Tuesday drew the largest audience for a World Series opener since 2009, showing wide interest in two teams that have suffered for many years without bringing home a title.

The broadcast delivered a 12.6 rating, meaning almost 13 percent of U.S. TV households were tuned in.

That was the highest rating since the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees faced off in 2009.

MIAMI MARLINS pitcher Jose Fernandez and two of his friends who perished in a violent boat crash off of South Beach last month all had a strong odor of alcohol on them when their bodies were recovered by divers, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald.

The toxicology tests for the young men are complete but have not been released by state investigators, citing an exemption in the public records law for open criminal investigations. Nor have the autopsies been released.

The warrant, released by the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office Wednesday, also alleges that investigators found evidence that the driver of the vessel was running at a high rate of speed and with a “recklessness” that was “exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol.”