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Twins’ Byron Buxton Wins Wilson Defensive Player Of The Year Award

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Three days after winning his first career Gold Glove Award, Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was another first-time winner Friday night as he took home the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award.

This particular award is given to the best overall defender in baseball. It was established in 2012 for one player in each league; but since 2014 it’s been given to just one individual.

According to MLB.com, the Wilson Award “considers various defensive metrics” in determining nine winners (one at each position), one team winner, and one top defender.

Buxton, 23, led all Major League center fielders with 24 defensive runs saved. He was also the best in baseball at making plays that had a 1-10% chance of being made, making 27.8% of said plays, according to MLB.com per Inside Edge.

The Los Angeles Dodgers took home the honor for Defensive Team of the Year.

Here’s a complete list of Friday night’s Wilson Defensive Players of the Year:

C– Martin Maldonado, Los Angeles Angels
1B– Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
2B– DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
3B– Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
SS– Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
LF– Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
CF– Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
RF– Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
P– Tyler Chatwood, Colorado Rockies

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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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