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Roberto Clemente Award Nominees announced

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The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Anthony Rizzo won the award last year. This year’s nominees were just announced, and they are listed below.

Tomorrow will be Roberto Clemente Day, and all the home teams will honor their nominees. Visiting teams will do it for their guys on their next home stand.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will be announced during the World Series. He will be selected by a blue ribbon panel that includes MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, representatives from the national networks which broadcast baseball, MLB.com and Clemente’s widow, Vera Clemente. There is also a fan vote component, the winner of which receives one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel.  You can vote here from tomorrow through September 18.

The nominees:

Arizona DiamondbacksPaul Goldschmidt

Atlanta BravesKurt Suzuki

Baltimore OriolesChris Davis

Boston Red SoxBrock Holt

Chicago CubsJon Lester

Chicago White Sox – José Abreu

Cincinnati Reds Tucker Barnhart

Cleveland IndiansCarlos Carrasco

Colorado RockiesIan Desmond

Detroit TigersMichael Fulmer

Houston AstrosCharlie Morton

Kansas City RoyalsDanny Duffy

Los Angeles AngelsAndrew Heaney

Los Angeles DodgersJustin Turner

Miami Marlins – Martín Prado

Milwaukee Brewers – Corey Knebel

Minnesota TwinsJoe Mauer

New York MetsSteven Matz

New York YankeesCC Sabathia

Oakland AthleticsChad Pinder

Philadelphia PhilliesRhys Hoskins

Pittsburgh PiratesJameson Taillon

St. Louis CardinalsYadier Molina

San Diego PadresClayton Richard

San Francisco GiantsBuster Posey

Seattle MarinersNelson Cruz

Tampa Bay RaysMallex Smith

Texas RangersCole Hamels

Toronto Blue JaysKevin Pillar

Washington NationalsRyan Zimmerman

NOTE: Cole Hamels was traded to the Cubs, of course, but he still is the Rangers nominee.

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.