Victorino experiences another golden moment
Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox won his fourth career Gold Glove on Tuesday, claiming the American League award in right field in his first season playing the position full time since 2007.
Victorino, a St. Anthony High School graduate, won National League Gold Gloves three straight times from 2008 to 2010 while with the Philadelphia Phillies, playing almost exclusively center field.
Victorino and the Red Sox have a 3-2 lead on the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, which is to resume today at Fenway Park. Victorino missed Games 4 and 5 due to a back ailment, but Boston manager John Farrell said Tuesday on the team’s website: “We fully expect him to be full go tomorrow.”
Victorino, who is 0-for-10 in the Series, missed the last two games, and the Red Sox won without him. In Game 4, Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer in a 4-2 win after Victorino was a late scratch from the lineup.
Victorino also sat out Monday’s 3-1 victory, although his back wasn’t as stiff as it had been.
During the 2013 regular season, Victorino played in 122 games – 110 as a right fielder – and had 10 outfield assists, tied for sixth in the AL. All but one of the assists came while in right field. He committed three errors, and had a .990 fielding percentage.
“Incredibly humbled to join list of @RedSox #RawlingsGoldGlove winners,” Victorino wrote on Twitter. “Grateful for my teammates & coaches this year! Focused on tomorrow.”
Boston’s Dustin Pedroia won the AL award at second base, his third time being honored.
The Baltimore Orioles and Kan-sas City Royals each had three recipients. Baltimore’s winners were center fielder Adam Jones, shortstop J.J. Hardy and third baseman Manny Machado; Kansas City’s were catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer and left fielder Alex Gordon.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won his sixth Gold Glove, and pitcher Adam Wainwright was also recognized. Two other National League teams had a pair of winners – the Colorado Rockies with third baseman Nolan Arenado and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, and the Arizona Diamondbacks with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and right fielder Gerardo Parra.
Arenado is the 10th rookie to win a Gold Glove.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips won for the fourth time.
* The Associated Press contributed to this story.