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Gold Glove finalists announced


Gold Glove award winners are announced November 4, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league:

AL, catcher: Alex Avila, Yan Gomes, Salvador Perez
AL, first base: Eric Hosmer, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols
AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler
AL, third base: Josh Donaldson, Adrian Beltre, Kyle Seager
AL, shortstop: Alcides Escobar, J.J. Hardy, Alexei Ramirez
AL, left field: Alex Gordon, Michael Brantley, Yoenis Cespedes
AL, center field: Adam Jones, Adam Eaton, Jackie Bradley Jr.
AL, right field: Kole Calhoun, Kevin Kiermaier, Nick Markakis
AL, pitcher: Mark Buehrle, Felix Hernandez, Dallas Keuchel

NL, catcher: Jonathan Lucroy, Russell Martin, Yadier Molina
NL, first base: Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Morneau, Adam LaRoche
NL, second base: D.J. LeMahieu, Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley
NL, third base: Nolan Arenado, Juan Uribe, Pablo Sandoval
NL, shortstop: Zack Cozart, Adeiny Hechavarria, Andrelton Simmons
NL, left field: Justin Upton, Starling Marte, Christian Yelich
NL, center field: Billy Hamilton, Denard Span, Juan Lagares
NL, right field: Jason Heyward, Gerardo Parra, Giancarlo Stanton
NL, pitcher: Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright

I stopped paying much attention to the Gold Glove awards a long time ago–somewhere between Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a designated hitter and Derek Jeter winning five as a shortstop–but feel free to complain about the finalists.

Giants again strike first, but Royals answer back

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The Giants jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning Tuesday before eventually winning Game 1 of the World Series in a 7-1 rout. And they got off to another fast start in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

Giants leadoff man Gregor Blanco finished off an eight-pitch at-bat against Royals starter Yordano Ventura with a no-doubt solo homer into the right field bullpen. It was the first home run to lead off a World Series game since Dustin Pedroia’s versus the Rockies in 2007, and it’s the first leadoff homer from a National Leaguer since Lenny Dykstra in 1986.

But the Royals answered right back in the bottom of the first inning, tying the game 1-1 after Lorenzo Cain doubled and Billy Butler drove him in with a two-out RBI single past Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford.

We may be in for a long night of baseball, with both Ventura and Jake Peavy looking less than dominant.

Derek Jeter has the most popular player jersey since the All-Star break

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The top of the list of best-selling jerseys since the All-Star break is not surprising. But the names which follow him suggest that, contrary to popular opinion, baseball will not be devoid of stars once Jeter retires.

MLB Most Popular Player Jerseys – 2nd Half
Based on sales on MLB.com/Shop of Majestic jerseys since the 2014 All-Star break

1. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
2. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim
4. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
5. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
6. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
7. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
8. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
9. Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics/Boston Red Sox*
10. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
11. Albert Pujols, LA Angels of Anaheim
12. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
13. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
14. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
15. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
16. Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
17. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
18. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
19. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
20. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

Numbers 2 through 5 are stars who will be around a good long while. As are 7, 9, 12 and 16-20. But sure, baseball is devoid of players anyone has heard of before.

Brock Holt not cleared to return from concussion

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Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt has not been cleared to return from a concussion suffered during a collision with Dustin Pedroia on August 25.

Holt told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that his condition has improved, but after meeting with doctors he received “good news, but not as good as it could have been.”

It’s unfortunate that Holt’s season is ending on a sour note, because at age 26 he got his first extended playing time in the majors and hit .281 with four homers and a .711 OPS in 106 games.

Brock Holt sent to Pittsburgh to see concussion specialist


Brock Holt will miss his sixth straight start tonight and Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com reports that he was sent to Pittsburgh to see a concussion specialist.

Holt left a game last Friday due to dizziness, but Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters this afternoon that they now believe that his symptoms could date back to a collision with teammate Dustin Pedroia from back on August 25. You can watch the play here.

“The only thing we cant race back is when he and Dustin collided in Toronto,” manager John Farrell said. “He didn’t complain of anything in the moment, the tests that are conducted on everyone after some impact was negative. he played regularly from that point.

“When he came out of the game in Boston (on Sept. 5), at the time we thought it was consistent with the illness, but the illness that he and his wife were dealing with, once that subsided some of the symptoms remained and we’re going to take every precaution necessary.”

With Brock’s status in question and Pedroia done for the year after wrist surgery, the Red Sox plan to use Mookie Betts as their regular second baseman the rest of the way. He’s still viewed as an outfielder for the long-term, but the Red Sox want to clear up a potential logjam in the outfield with Rusney Castillo expected to make his way to the majors soon.