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Friday, October 25, 2013
Gold Glove finalists: Pedey, Ells, Victorino


Finalists for the Gold Glove Award were announced Friday, and the Red Sox have three players in contention: Dustin Pedroia at second base, Jacoby Ellsbury in center field and Shane Victorino in right field.

Pedroia, who won the award in 2008 and again in 2011, is vying for his third career Gold Glove at second base, as is Yankees star Robinson Cano, who took home the honors in 2010 and again last year. They'll face competition from the Rays' Ben Zobrist, the third and final American League nominee at second base.

Ellsbury is contending for his second Gold Glove, having won the prize in his standout 2011 season, when he finished runner-up for the AL MVP Award claimed by Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander. Ellsbury's competition for top defensive center fielder in the AL includes the Orioles' Adam Jones, who took home the honor last season, and the Royals' Lorenzo Cain.

Victorino is a three-time winner; he won it three years running from 2008-10 in the National League while with the Phillies. This year in the AL, he faces competition from defending Gold Glove winner and A's right fielder Josh Reddick, and the Orioles' Nick Markakis, who won the prize in 2011.

One notable Red Sox omission is first baseman Mike Napoli, a converted catcher who, in his first full year manning first base, led the AL in a couple of defensive metrics: Defensive Runs Saved and UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating).

Here's the full rundown of nominees for both leagues:


Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
R.A. Dickey, Blue Jays
Doug Fister, Tigers

Joe Mauer, Twins
Salvador Perez, Royals
Matt Wieters, Orioles

First base
Chris Davis, Orioles
Eric Hosmer, Royals
James Loney, Rays

Second base
Robinson Cano, Yankees
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
Ben Zobrist, Rays

Third base
Adrian Beltre, Rangers
Evan Longoria, Rays
Manny Machado, Orioles

Alcides Escobar, Royals
Yunel Escobar, Rays
J.J. Hardy, Orioles

Left field
Yoenis Cespedes, A's
Andy Dirks, Tigers
Alex Gordon, Royals

Center field
Lorenzo Cain, Royals
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
Adam Jones, Orioles

Right field
Nick Markakis, Orioles
Shane Victorino, Red Sox
Josh Reddick, A's


Patrick Corbin, D-backs
Zack Greinke, Dodgers
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals

A.J. Ellis, Dodgers
Russell Martin, Pirates
Yadier Molina, Cardinals

First base
Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

Second base
Darwin Barney, Cubs
Brandon Phillips, Reds
Mark Ellis, Dodgers

Third base
Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Juan Uribe, Dodgers
David Wright, Mets

Ian Desmond, Nationals
Andrelton Simmons, Braves
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies

Left field
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
Starling Marte, Pirates
Eric Young Jr., Mets

Center field
Carlos Gomez, Brewers
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
Denard Span, Nationals

Right field
Jay Bruce, Reds
Jason Heyward, Braves
Gerardo Parra, D-backs