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George Springer named MVP of the 2017 World Series

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No surprise here: Astros outfielder George Springer was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 World Series.

Game 1 was rough for Springer as he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. He went on to homer in five of the next six games, knocking in seven runs in the process. Springer doubled to kickstart the Astros’ two-run first inning in Game 7, then added a two-run homer in the second en route to a 5-1 victory. Overall, he hit .379/.471/1.000 in 29 at-bats in the World Series. Chase Utley and Reggie Jackson are the only other players to hit five home runs in the World Series.

Springer had an excellent regular season as well, finishing with a .283/.367/.522 batting line with 34 home runs, 85 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 629 plate appearances. He went 7-for-17 in the ALDS against the Red Sox. The Yankees figured him out, holding him to three hits in 26 at-bats in the ALCS. Springer, of course, rebounded in a big way from that.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.