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Ortiz, Betts and Bogaerts win Silver Slugger awards

Ortiz, Betts and Bogaerts win Silver Slugger awards

Major League Baseball announced the winners of the 2016 Silver Slugger awards on Thursday night.

Boston Red Sox David Ortiz (seventh Silver Slugger), Mookie Betts (first) and Xander Bogaerts (second) were named recipients at their respective positions. 

In his final season, 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI.

Betts, Glod Glove winner and also in the running for American League MVP,  hit .318 with 31 home runs and 113 RBI.

Bogaerts, 24, won his second Silver Slugger hitting .294 with 21 home runs and 89 RBI.

Here are the criteria for the award, per award sponsor Louisville Slugger: 

"The Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards are the top offensive honor in Major League Baseball ®. Coaches and managers of Major League teams vote for the players they feel are the best offensive producers at each position in the field in both the American and National Leagues. They base their selections on a combination of offensive statistics including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value. Managers and coaches are not allowed to vote for players on their own team."

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.