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26th Annual Players Choice Award Winners Announced

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Returning for a 26th season, the Major League Baseball Players Choice Awards were presented Wednesday night.

The awards honor one outstanding player, pitcher, rookie, and “comeback” player in each league.

Here’s who took home the hardware last night:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Most Outstanding Player– Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Most Outstanding Pitcher– Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
Most Outstanding Rookie– Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Comeback Player of the Year– Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Most Outstanding Player– Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Most Outstanding Pitcher– Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
Most Outstanding Rookie– Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
Comeback Player of the Year– Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

Three other awards were also presented:

MLB Player of the Year- Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Always Gamer Award
– Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
Marvin Miller Man of the Year– Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

The Marvin Miller Man of the Year (in its 21st season) recognizes the player who displays excellence on and off the field, and the Always Gamer Award returned for its third season, with Jose Altuve winning the previous two times.

Had Altuve won, it would’ve been a three-peat for him in this year’s awards. There’s always next year.

 

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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL

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The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, according to MassLive.com’s Crhsi Cotillo.

In a corresponding move, left hander Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s spot on the roster and the move is retroactive to April 18th.

The struggling Red Sox will have to move forward without Eovaldi, who missed around 2 months last season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body, for the time being.

Eovaldi has started 4 games for Boston this season, going 0-0 and posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Chavis

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Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis was recalled for the first time on Friday.

With two infielders being placed on the DL and desperate for any kind of spark they can get, the Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect Michael Chavis (MLB no. 75) from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez were both placed on the disabled list this week with knee and back injuries, respectively. And with super utility man Brock Holt out as well with an eye injury, Boston’s infield has become quite depleted in a hurry. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled as well as the stumbling Red Sox open up a three game set in Tampa with a Good Friday matchup.

Boston hasn’t yet announced if Chavis will be in the lineup tonight, but the team is evidently hoping that the presence of the 23-year-old can provide some kind of a spark. Boston has struggled considerably so far in the young season and is coming off consecutive embarrassing losses to arch-rival New York. At 6-13, the defending World Series champs are dead last in the AL East.

Chavis, on the other hand, has risen through Boston’s minor league system quickly despite a setback last season. A PED suspension cost him half of 2018 after he was busted for Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid. He denied knowingly taking any banned substance but played well enough after his return to be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A.

Can Chavis provide a boost for the struggling Sox and help them shake off their World Series hangover?

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