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Mookie Betts wins 2018 Heart and Hustle Award

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Every year, the MLB Players Alumni Association announces a winner for its annual Heart and Hustle Award. The award is given to the player who “best embodies the values, spirits and traditions of baseball.” The winner of the 2018 award is Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts.

Betts is the first member of the Red Sox to win the Heart and Hustle award since Dustin Pedroia in 2013. The winners since the award’s inception in 2005:

  • 2005: SS David Eckstein, Cardinals
  • 2006: 2B Craig Biggio, Astros
  • 2007: 2B Craig Biggio, Astros
  • 2008: OF Grady Sizemore, Indians
  • 2009: 1B Albert Pujols, Cardinals
  • 2010: SP Roy Halladay, Phillies
  • 2011: OF Torii Hunter, Angels
  • 2012: OF Mike Trout, Angels
  • 2013: 2B Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
  • 2014: UT Josh Harrison, Pirates
  • 2015: 1B Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
  • 2016: 3B Todd Frazier, White Sox
  • 2017: OF Brett Gardner, Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.