Silver Slugger Award winners announced on MLB Network

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Major League Baseball is unveiling this year’s Silver Slugger Award winners Wednesday evening in an hour-long special on MLB Network.

The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the top offensive player at each position in each league, as determined by MLB’s coaches and managers. We’ll post the recipients as they are announced:

National League

Outfield
Matt Kemp, Dodgers
Ryan Braun, Brewers
Justin Upton, Diamondbacks

First Base
Prince Fielder, Brewers

Second Base
Brandon Phillips, Reds

Third Base
Aramis Ramirez, Cubs

Shortstop
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies

Catcher
Brian McCann, Braves

Pitcher
Daniel Hudson, Diamondbacks

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American League

Outfield
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
Curtis Granderson, Yankees

First Base
Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox

Second Base
Robinson Cano, Yankees

Third Base
Adrian Beltre, Rangers

Shortstop
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians

Catcher
Alex Avila, Tigers

Designated Hitter
David Ortiz, Red Sox

Mark Melancon is considering surgery

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Giants’ right-hander Mark Melancon is considering surgery for an undisclosed injury, the pitcher told reporters prior to Friday’s game against the Phillies. Melancon did not divulge the exact location of the injury, but revealed that it had been plaguing him off and on since the 2012 season and was a separate issue from the right pronator strain that kept him sidelined through much of July and August. Giants’ head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner called the injury day-to-day and has not revealed a timetable for the right-hander’s return, should surgery become necessary.

Melancon, 32, has struggled to replicate the sparkling pitching line he produced with the Pirates and Nationals in 2016. He’s toting a 3.80 ERA through 25 appearances with San Francisco, flanked by a 1.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 over 23 2/3 innings. His season has been significantly shortened after multiple trips to the disabled list for a right forearm strain, and while he looked to be in line to resume his closing duties this week, the Giants will likely play it safe with the veteran righty to keep him from compromising his health in 2018.

Although the injury doesn’t appear to be severe in nature, it’s clearly intensified over the last few months. Per MLB.com’s Chris Haft, Melancon said he’s “had discomfort every day this season,” though he hopes to continue pitching through the remainder of 2017. The Giants aren’t on the verge of contending by any stretch of the imagination, but a solid end to the 2017 season could help Melancon make some headway as he looks to reclaim his status as the team’s closer next spring.

Watch: Javier Baez snares a 106-MPH ground ball

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What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Just ask Javier Baez, who tracked down a sizzling 106-MPH ground ball from Jose Bautista on Friday afternoon. The defensive gem helped preserve the Cubs’ three-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, paving the way for Wade Davis‘ 25th save of the season.

Baez also impressed at the plate, collecting an RBI single in the second inning before getting tagged out at home by Miguel Montero on a convoluted 9-6-3-6-2 putout. He returned in the eighth inning to pester Tim Mayza and cleared the left field hedge with a 409-foot, two-run blast for his 20th home run of the year. With the win, the Cubs improved to 64-57 and now hold a scant 1.5-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central.