No Gold Gloves for Sox; Reddick earns one at RF


No Gold Gloves for Sox; Reddick earns one at RF

The Red Sox were shutout in their quest for Gold Glove awards. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez, now with the Dodgers but representing the Sox at first base, were the only Red Sox players under consideration.

Pedroia lost out to the Yankees Robinson Cano, who also beat out Seattles Dustin Ackley, while Gonzalez was beaten out by the Yankees Mark Teixeira, who also beat Kansas Citys Eric Hosmer.

Both Pedroia and Gonzalez won the awards with the Red Sox last season, along with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Pedroia also won in 2008. Gonzalez also won in 2008 and 2009 with the Padres.

Four former Sox players were among the finalists at their positions, including Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre and left fielder David Murphy, As right fielder Josh Reddick, and right-hander Bronson Arroyo, of the Reds, who led all teams with six finalists. Beltre won his fourth Gold Glove, while Reddick won his first.

What a HUGE honor to be a gold glover. Much credit to the Oakland Athletics for the opportunity to play every day!!! blessed, Reddick tweeted.

The Orioles led all team with three winners catcher Matt Wieters, shortstop, J.J. Hardy, and center fielder Adam Jones.

The winners, announced Tuesday night, are determined by a vote from each manager and up to six coaches on each staff. Voters cannot vote for players on their own teams.

The complete list of winners:

American League
P Jeremy Hellickson, Rays
Jake Peavy, White Sox
C Matt Wieters, Orioles
1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
SS J.J. Hardy, Orioles
LF Alex Gordon, Royals
CF Adam Jones, Orioles
RF Josh Reddick, As

National League
P Mark Buehrle, Marlins
C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Adam LaRoche, Nationals
2B Darwin Barney, Cubs
3B Chase Headley, Padres
SS Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
LF Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
CF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
RF Jason Heyward, Braves

Morning Skate: Cheers for Boyle as he returns to practice with Devils


Morning Skate: Cheers for Boyle as he returns to practice with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while determined to go see Foo Fighters at Fenway Park this time around. 
-- In the great news department, Hingham native Brian Boyle hears cheers at practice as he returns to work for the New Jersey Devils after his cancer diagnosis. Boyle might be wearing a Devils uniform, but he knows he has all of Boston in his corner along with many, many other corners of the hockey world. 

-- There is no panic with the Maple Leafs over the slow start for Mitch Marner, who has been dropped to the fourth line in the early going.
-- Wellesley native Chris Wagner is beginning to get recognized for his big hits and physical play with the Anaheim Ducks

-- Senators prospect and Massachusetts native Joey Daccord makes an unbelievable game-saving stop for his college team. 

-- For something completely different: Greg Nicotero talks about the Walking Dead premiere, and a character thought dead that might actually still be alive.

'Forgotten man' David Harris plays key role in win over Falcons


'Forgotten man' David Harris plays key role in win over Falcons

For the first six weeks of the season, Patriots veteran linebacker David Harris was little more than an insurance policy.

At $1.25 million guaranteed this season, he was one of the pricer policies on the team, but his playing time told the story of where he stood on Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia's depth chart. His seven total defensive snaps slotted him in behind Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts and Dont'a Hightower among off-the-ball 'backers. 

So when Harris saw 19 snaps -- making three tackles in the process -- against the Falcons and their speedy offensive weapons on Sunday night, it caught our attention. Here are a few of the elements that came into play, leading to Harris' increase in playing time. 

1) Injuries to other Patriots linebackers created an opening for Harris. Roberts was announced as inactive prior to kickoff due to an ankle injury. Later in the night, Hightower suffered a shoulder injury that knocked him from action. That left Van Noy, Harris and Marquis Flowers as the team's linebackers in uniform. Harris got the nod over Flowers, who's primarily a special-teamer.

2) Falcons personnel called for the Patriots to use their base defense at times. The game opened with the Falcons going with a two-back set, encouraging Belichick to go with bigger personnel. The Patriots didn't have to stick with their regular group because the Falcons used primarily one-back sets over the course of the night, But even with Hightower healthy and available, what happened early in the game proved that there were certain packages that called for Harris to be on the field. He saw one early, picking up his first start as a member of the Patriots. 

3) The work Harris has put in during practices and off the field allowed the Patriots coaching staff to trust him when he was called upon. Belichick has lauded Harris all season for his professionalism, and on Monday morning he continued to heap praise on the 33-year-old. "As always, I think David works hard and is very well prepared and did all of the right things that we would want him to do from an assignment standpoint," Belichick said. "He gave us some good plays, was in on a few plays. Again, handled the communication in the front well. We’ll see if we can build on it. We’ve got a lot of good play from a number of guys and he’s certainly part of that group."