Book cover of the day: baseball stars cooking

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This cookbook — edited by Jeff Loria’s wife — can’t be new because usually these kinds of things are accompanied by a bunch of PR requests to review it and promote it and stuff.  Or maybe it is and I just wasn’t copied on any of the usual spam. I have no idea. All I know for sure is that (a) I’m probably not going to buy it because I don’t cook and really don’t care to learn how; and (b) the cover is absolutely fantastic:

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.