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

Jon Gray will start Opening Day for the Rockies

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Manager Bud Black has tabbed Jon Gray to start on Opening Day for the Rockies. That will be Monday, April 3 in Milwaukee against the Brewers in an afternoon contest.

Gray, 25, is starting Opening Day for the first time in his career. He’ll be the sixth different Rockies pitcher to start Opening Day in as many years.

The Rockies and Gray had a bit of a scare on Friday as he left his spring training start with discomfort in his left foot, but everything came up clean in an MRI. He pitched again on Wednesday with no issue.

Last season, Gray went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA and a 185/59 K/BB ratio in 168 innings. A consensus top prospect entering each of the previous three seasons, Gray surprisingly put up better numbers at Coors Field — the most hitter-friendly park in baseball — than away.

Blake Treinen named Nationals closer

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Today Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker named Blake Treinen as his closer. Treinen has saved exactly one big league game.

There wasn’t necessarily an obvious choice, however. Last year Washington had Mark Melancon, but with him gone and GM Mike Rizzo’s failure to land a high-profile closer in the offseason, it became a contest between Treinen Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.

Treinen posted a 2.28 ERA with 31 walks and 63 Ks in 67 innings in 2016. His big improvement last year came against lefties, who had tattooed him in the past. He pitched well this spring as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

The Nats are our favorites to win the NL East, but we do have some questions about the pen. Blake Treinen will take the first crack at answering them.