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Red Sox to place Ian Kinsler on 10-day disabled list

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Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler is headed for the 10-day disabled list after sustaining a left hamstring strain on Friday, per Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Second baseman Tony Renda will likely be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill in for Kinsler on Saturday. It’s not certain when Kinsler is expected to return to the lineup.

The 36-year-old second baseman sustained the injury in the first inning of Friday’s 4-1 win over the Yankees. He scored on an Eduardo Nunez RBI single but was visibly grimacing by the time he crossed the plate and didn’t return to take the field in the top of the second. Following Friday’s game, the infielder is batting .244/.308/.408 on the year with 13 home runs and a .716 OPS in 402 PA for the Angels and Red Sox.

Even without Kinsler, the Red Sox managed to close out the evening in spectacular fashion. Right fielder Mookie Betts shifted to the keystone — “It was like a dream come true,” he said after the game — while Boston righty Rick Porcello twirled a complete game one-hitter on 86 pitches, the fewest pitches expended in a complete game since he did it in 89 pitches back in September 2016.

Renda, meanwhile, is poised to cover Kinsler’s roster spot in his first major-league stint of 2018. The 27-year-old middle infielder hasn’t seen a major-league infield since 2016, when he produced a .183 average and two extra-base hits during a 32-game stint with the Reds. He signed a minors deal with the Red Sox in May and hit his stride in Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, however, slashing a combined .346/.394/.505 with 21 extra bases and an .899 OPS in 198 PA across both levels.

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons opts out of final 5 games

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has opted out of the remainder of the Los Angeles Angels’ season.

The Angels announced the four-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop’s decision Tuesday before they faced the San Diego Padres.

Los Angeles (24-31) is still technically in the playoff race with five games left in the regular season, and Simmons clearly caught the Angels by surprise, although the club said it respected his decision.

The 31-year-old Simmons, who can be a free agent this winter, is finishing his fifth year with the Angels. After spraining his ankle in late July and missing 22 games, Simmons is currently batting .297 with 10 RBIs while playing his usual stellar defense, albeit with four errors in 30 games.

“At this time, I feel this is the best decision for me and my family,” Simmons said in a statement. “We don’t know what the future holds, but we would like to sincerely thank the Angels organization and Angels fans for welcoming and making us feel at home.”

Manager Joe Maddon acknowledged he was caught by surprise when general manager Billy Eppler told him about Simmons’ decision Monday night after Simmons went 1 for 4 with an RBI single in the Angels’ home finale. Maddon texted Simmons, but hadn’t heard back by Tuesday afternoon.

“I’ve really enjoyed this guy a lot,” Maddon said. “I’m a big fan. This guy is a good baseball player, and I’ve enjoyed the conversations, too. It’s just unfortunate. He’s really a big part of what we’re doing right now.”

Simmons is a favorite of Angels fans for his defensive wizardry, and owner Arte Moreno has described Simmons as perhaps his favorite player to watch on the roster. Simmons has batted .281 with 36 homers and 281 RBIs during his five seasons with Los Angeles, and he won the Gold Glove in 2017 and 2018.

“He’s a thinking kind of a player, and I’ve enjoyed him a lot,” Maddon said.

Simmons will be a free agent this winter, and the Angels have an obvious replacement for him in David Fletcher, who has a .374 on-base percentage while regularly hitting leadoff for the Angels during his breakout major league season. Fletcher has been playing second base since Simmons’ return from injury.

But the Angels haven’t publicly closed the door on Simmons’ return, and he could be given a qualifying offer. Maddon has repeatedly said he would like Simmons to return in 2021 if possible.

The Angels haven’t had a winning season during Simmons’ five years in Anaheim, although Simmons said last week he wasn’t discouraged by the lack of team success. Simmons played his first four major league seasons in Atlanta, and he hasn’t appeared in the postseason since 2013.

Simmons also said he hadn’t been involved in any recent contract talks with the Angels, but he had enjoyed playing for the club. When asked if he wanted to return to the Halos, Simmons said he would have to “plead the fifth.”