Red Sox watch Pablo Sandoval, Blake Swihart leave with injuries on Saturday

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Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval and catcher Blake Swihart both hit the showers early due to injuries during Saturday’s contest against the Royals. Swihart reached on an infield single to lead off the fifth inning. He stayed in to run the bases but was visibly limping. He was finally taken out when the Red Sox took the field in the bottom of the sixth. Sandoval suffered a sprained left ankle while making an errant throw to first base in the fifth inning on a Lorenzo Cain ground ball.

To literally add insult to injury, Rick Porcello’s struggles continued as he allowed six runs in five innings of work, bringing his ERA to 5.61. Things aren’t going very well in Beantown right now.

If Sandoval needs to miss any time, he’ll at least be able to browse Instagram.

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.