Michael Brantley is out of the Indians’ lineup with a back injury that’s lingered since February

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Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is out of the lineup Thursday for the second straight game because of a back injury and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that he’ll be examined by doctors Friday.

Indians manager Terry Francona told Hoynes that Brantley’s back soreness “just keeps acting up on him” and has bothered him since arriving at spring training in the middle of February.

Brantley played 156 of 162 games last season on his way to finishing third in the MVP voting, hitting .327 with 20 homers, 23 steals, and an .890 OPS after coming into the season as a 27-year-old with a career .711 OPS.

Nick Cafardo named winner of 2020 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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SAN DIEGO — The Baseball Writers Association of America has named the late Boston Globe columnist, Nick Cafardo, the winner of the 2020 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown next July. Cafardo died suddenly last February at the age of 62 while covering the Red Sox at spring training in Fort Myers.

Cafardo, who covered baseball in New England for 35 years, received 243 votes from the 427 ballots cast by BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years’ service. He becomes the 71st winner of the award since its inception in 1962. Jim Reeves, an award-winning columnist and baseball writer in a 40-year career with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, received 108 votes. Patrick Reusse, who has covered the Twins for decades, got 76.

Cafardo worked at the Brockton Enterprise and the Quincy Patriot-Ledger before joining the Boston Globe as baseball columnist in 1989, where he inherited the Sunday notes column, founded by Peter Gammons. Cafardo covered more than 30 World Series, All-Star Games and Winter Meetings. He wrote four baseball books and won the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year Award in 2014 and the Boston Baseball Writers’ Dave O’Hara Award in 2017.

Cafardo becomes the first posthumous winner of the award since his Boston Globe colleague, Larry Whiteside, in 2008.