UPDATE: Hanley Ramirez exits game with a left shoulder sprain

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UPDATE: Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that Ramirez is considered day-to-day for now. In other words, the Red Sox will wait to see how he responds before considering a stint on the disabled list.

8:17 p.m. ET: Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the preliminary diagnosis is a left shoulder sprain.

7:59 p.m. ET: Scary moment here for the Red Sox, as Hanley Ramirez was forced to leave tonight’s game against the Rays in the top of the first inning after running into the wall along the left-field line at Fenway Park while trying to make a catch. Check it out below:

It sure looks like a possible left shoulder injury. It’s worth noting that Ramirez previously had surgery on the same shoulder in 2007 and 2011. The Red Sox will have to cross their fingers for now.

Ramirez is off to a monster start this season, batting .283 with 10 home runs and a .949 OPS through 24 games coming into tonight’s action. The 31-year-old is in the first year of a four-year, $88 million contract and made the move to left field after signing with Boston.

Mike Trout voted 2019 American League Most Valuable Player

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The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Angels outfielder Mike Trout the Most Valuable Player in the American League for the 2019 season. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes, earning the third AL MVP Award of his career.

Trout, 28, missed the final three weeks of the season due to a foot injury, but his numbers were still strong enough to overcome the competition. He led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and a 185 adjusted OPS, and led the AL with a .645 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS. He also slugged 45 home runs, knocked in 104 runs, scored 110 runs, and stole 11 bases in 600 plate appearances. FanGraphs also gave him an edge over the competition in WAR at 8.6.

Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and ’16, is the third Angel to snag the hardware, joining Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. (2004). He is the 11th player to win three MVP awards, joining Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Álex Rodríguez, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds. Bonds is the only player to have won the award more than three times, winning a whopping seven MVP awards.

Alex Bregman finished in a close second place followed by Marcus  Semien, DJ LeMahieu, and Xander Bogaerts. Also receiving votes were Matt Chapman, George Springer, Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Rafael Devers, Jorge Polanco, Austin Meadows, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Gleyber Torres, Eddie Rosario, José Abreu, Max Kepler, J.D. Martinez, Yoán Moncada, Charlie Morton, Matt Olson, and Jorge Soler.