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Red Sox notes: Nava to DL, Lavarnway called up

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Red Sox notes: Nava to DL, Lavarnway called up

BOSTON A day after the non-waiver trading deadline, the Red Sox were not done making roster moves.What would a day in Beantown be without a roster move? manager Bobby Valentine jokingly inquired of the assembled media before Wednesdays season and series finale against the Tigers at Fenway Park.This time, though, has been a common theme for the Sox this season, the moves were because of health.Outfielder Daniel Nava was placed on the disabled list with soreness in both wrists. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place on the roster. With both Mike Aviles (turf toe) and Kelly Shoppach (sore shin) ailing, Valentine was looking to Lavarnway to provide help from the right-hand side of the plate.Left-hander Craig Breslow, acquired Tuesday from the Diamondbacks, had not yet arrived at Fenway Park. When he does, right-hander Clayton Mortensen, who earned the win Tuesday, will likely be optioned back to Pawtucket.Daniel Nava, who has been playing with a little banged up wrist--actually, both of his wrists have been bothering him a little -- were just going to make sure that he gets fully healed and put him on the disabled list, Valentine said. And considering that Mike is still dealing with his toe and Kelly Shoppach is dealing with his shin situation, Ryan Lavarnways here for that right-handed protection that well need later in the game.If Breslow arrives in time, well have to make another move.Valentine said Shoppach fouled several balls off his shin, causing the soreness, which should not require a DL stint.
-- Valentine has been a big fan of Lavarnways since watching him in spring training. In 83 games with Pawtucket, Lavarnway is hitting .295 with eight home runs and 43 RBI for a .376 on-base percentage and .439 slugging percentage.I loved him in spring training and since hes continued to make improvements, Valentine said. Offensively, Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler says hes definitely ready and will continue to improve and we hope he continues his improvements, and defensively the same. Hes ready but we want him to continue to improve.-- David Ortiz, on the DL since July 17 with a right Achilles strain, is progressing. However, there is still no timetable for him to come off the DL, which he was eligible to do today.Yesterdays batting practice was great but he still was a little hesitant to run or jump or move quickly, Valentine said. He said today when he woke up was the first day he had no pain walking. And so he was going to do some agility work out on the field. Obviously because of the pregame rain, its being moved to the exercise room or something where hell do some light work. But it wont be really what we wanted. Hes getting closer, that being said.
-- With Josh Beckett ailing, left-hander Franklin Morales could possibly move back to the rotation. Morales, 2-2, with a 3.32 ERA, made five starts earlier this season.Lets say that well err on the side of caution with him, Valentine said. Theres not a formal plan for him to make a start but hes definitely in the wings. Hes been up a lot of times in the bullpen and hes thrown a couple of times in the games in the last five days. Today would be probably an off-day anyway and that would give us a little more time tomorrow to evaluate the situation. But hed be our first choice if we need a starter.
-- Andrew Bailey, who has been on the DL all season after thumb surgery, made an appearance for the Gulf Coast League Wednesday afternoon in his first outing on a his rehab assignment.
He threw 22 pitches I believe, had a strikeout, he made a good fielding play, he had good aggression out on the mound and felt good after the performance, Valentine said. Hell make another appearance in a couple of days (GCL).Valentine said Bailey would need no more than nine innings on his rehab outing to get ready. He also said he would not necessarily have to progress through each level.

MLB will institute rules to pick up pace, with or without players' agreement

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MLB will institute rules to pick up pace, with or without players' agreement

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Major League Baseball will change rules to speed games next year with or without an agreement with the players' association.

Management proposed last offseason to institute a 20-second pitch clock, allow one trip to the mound by a catcher per pitcher each inning and raise the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level at the top of the kneecap. The union didn't agree, and clubs have the right to impose those changes unilaterally for 2018.

Players and MLB have held initial bargaining since summer, and MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem said this week he would like an agreement by mid-January.

"My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players, but if we can't get an agreement we are going to have rule changes in 2018 one way or the other," baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after a quarterly owners' meeting.

Nine-inning games averaged a record 3 hours, 5 minutes during the regular season and 3:29 during the postseason.

Corey Kluber beats Chris Sale for American League Cy Young

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Corey Kluber beats Chris Sale for American League Cy Young

Max Scherzer heard his name and thrust his arms in the air, shouting and smiling big before turning to kiss his wife.

Corey Kluber, on the other hand, gulped once and blinked.

Two aces, two different styles - and now another Cy Young Award for each.

The animated Scherzer of the Washington Nationals coasted to his third Cy Young, winning Wednesday for the second straight year in the National League. He breezed past Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, drawing 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Kluber's win was even more of a runaway. The Cleveland Indians ace took 28 first-place votes, easily outpacing Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox for his second AL Cy Young.

Scherzer yelled "yes!" when his award was announced on MLB Network, a reaction in keeping with his expressive reputation. He showed that intensity often this year, whether he was cursing under his breath like a madman during his delivery or demanding - also with expletives - that manager Dusty Baker leave him in the game.

Just a little different than the pitcher they call "Klubot." Kluber was stoic as ever when announced as the AL winner. He swallowed hard but otherwise didn't react, only showing the hint of a smile moments later when answering questions.

Not that he wasn't thrilled.

"Winning a second one maybe, for me personally, kind of validates the first one," Kluber said.

Scherzer's win moves him into rare company. He's the 10th pitcher with at least three Cy Youngs, and among the other nine, only Kershaw and Roger Clemens aren't in the Hall of Fame.

"That's why I'm drinking a lot of champagne tonight," Scherzer said.

Scherzer earned the NL honor last year with Washington and the 2013 American League prize with Detroit.

"This one is special," he said. "When you start talking about winning three times, I can't even comprehend it at this point."

Scherzer was 16-6 with a career-best 2.51 ERA this year. The 33-year-old righty struck out a league-leading 268 for the NL East champion Nationals, and in an era noted for declining pitcher durability, he eclipsed 200 innings for the fifth straight season. He had to overcome a variety of ailments to get there, and Washington's training staff was high on his thank-you list.

"Everybody had a role in keeping me out on the field," he said. "I'm very thankful for all their hard work."

Kershaw has won three NL Cy Youngs and was the last pitcher to win back-to-back. He was 18-4 with a league-best 2.31 ERA and 202 strikeouts. This is his second runner-up finish. Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals finished third.

Kluber missed a month of the season with back pain and still easily won the AL award over Sale and third-place finisher Luis Severino of the New York Yankees. Kluber led the majors with a 2.25 ERA, and his 18 wins tied for the most in baseball. He added to the Cy Young he won with the Indians in 2014 and is the 19th pitcher to win multiple times.

The 31-year-old Kluber was especially dominant down the stretch, closing out the season by going 11-1 to help Cleveland win the AL Central. He and Minnesota's Ervin Santana tied for the major league lead with five complete games - nobody else had more than two. Kluber also led the majors with 8.0 wins above replacement, per baseball-reference.com.

Kluber and Scherzer both had rough outings in the playoffs. Kluber gave up nine runs over two starts in an AL Division Series against the Yankees, and Scherzer blew a save in the decisive Game 5 of an NL Division Series against the Cubs.

Scherzer said he couldn't even watch the League Championship Series, although he did tune in for the World Series.

"That will eat at me this whole offseason," he said.

Voting for the awards was completed before the postseason began.

The final BBWAA honors will come Thursday when the MVP awards are announced in the AL and NL.

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