October 30, 2013

Baseball Notebook: Pedroia, Victorino win Gold Glove awards

From staff and news service reports

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and right fielder Shane Victorino were named Gold Glove Award winners as the best fielders at their position in the American League.

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Felix Doubront of the Boston Red Sox just missed being eligible for salary arbitration. Doubront missed the cutoff by two days and Charlie Furbush, the Seattle Mariners’ reliever from South Portland, missed by one day.

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It was Victorino’s fourth time being honored, Pedroia’s third.

Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was a finalist but was beaten out by Adam Jones of Baltimore.

The St. Louis Cardinals had two players win Gold Gloves: catcher Yadier Molina for the sixth straight season, and pitcher Adam Wainwright.

Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado became the 10th rookie to win a Gold Glove and first since Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in 2001. Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado also were among the eight first-time recipients.

BEING DOWN 3-2 in the World Series is nothing new to the Cardinals. They have been down 3-2 six times in club history and gone on to win the World Series five times, including in 1946 against the Red Sox.

Two of those comebacks took place at the opposing team’s ballpark – 1934 in Detroit and 1926 at Yankee Stadium.

Conversely, being up 3-2 hasn’t always helped the Red Sox. They have enjoyed 3-2 leads in four World Series and lost three of them – in 1986 (Mets), 1946 (Cardinals) and 1912 (Giants). In 1918, Boston led the Chicago Cubs 3-2, then won Game 6 at Fenway Park.

DAVID ORTIZ has a chance to break some league and team World Series records. Ortiz has 11 hits in the Series, two away from the all-time record held by three players (Bobby Richardson, Lou Brock and Marty Barrett).

Ortiz’s nine career extra-base hits in the World Series is a Red Sox record. Only Derek Jeter has more (13) among active players.

Ortiz also has 14 career RBI in the World Series, tying Dwight Evans for the club record.

JOHN LACKEY could become the first pitcher to start and win a World Series-clinching game for two teams. Lackey did it with the Angels in 2002.

ARBITRATION: Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront and Seattle pitcher Charlie Furbush, a South Portland native, just missed the cutoff for salary arbitration eligibility.

The major league service time required for arbitration this offseason was 2 years, 122 days, according to calculations by the commissioner’s office and the players’ association.

Los Angeles Angels infielder Chris Nelson was the last player to make it among the 28 with enough service time. Furbush was the player closest to qualifying who missed, falling one day short. On Boston’s active major league roster all season, Doubront has 2 years, 120 days of service.

ORIOLES: Dave Wallace, 66, was hired as the pitching coach.

Wallace, who has spent the past four years as Atlanta’s minor league pitching coordinator, replaced Rick Adair, who left the team in mid-August for personal reasons.

Wallace been the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Boston and Houston. The Red Sox won the World Series with Wallace as pitching coach in 2004. New York went to the World Series in 2000 under Wallace.

TIGERS: Third baseman Miguel Cabrera underwent muscle repair surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training.

The Tigers revealed after the season that Cabrera had been limited down the stretch by a tear in his groin. He still hit .348 with 44 home runs and 137 RBI during the season. Cabrera batted .262 with two home runs in 11 postseason games before Detroit lost to Boston in the AL Championship Series.

WHITE SOX: Jose Abreu, 26, a Cuban slugger, finalized a six-year, $68-million deal, about a week and a half after the sides reached an agreement on the largest contract in franchise history. He is the organization’s 17th Cuban player and the third currently on the roster, joining shortstop Alexei Ramirez and outfielder Dayan Viciedo.

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