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The Silver Slugger awards were handed out Thursday http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-lucas-duda-jersey , with a number of MVP candidates highlighting the list. Below, we'll go through the winners and break down the reaction from around baseball.American League WinnersOutfielders: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox; Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels; J.D. Martinez, Boston Red SoxFirst Base: Jose Abreu, Chicago White SoxSecond Base: Jose Altuve, Houston AstrosShortstop: Francisco Lindor, ClevelandThird Base: Jose Ramirez, ClevelandCatcher: Salvador Perez, Kansas City RoyalsDesignated Hitter: J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox ReactionThere weren't any surprises in the outfield, with Betts the front-runner for the American League MVP and Trout one of the three finalists. Betts led the AL with a .346 average and added 32 homers, 80 RBI, 129 runs and 30 stolen bases Alex Gordon Jersey , while Trout provided another vintage season (.312 average with 39 homers and 79 RBI).Louisville Slugger sluggernationAfter leading MLB in batting average, RedSox OF mookiebetts takes home his second career . uCwmhLvl6yLouisville Slugger sluggernation#SilverSlugger number SIX for Angels OF MikeTrout! This guy makes it look easy. What a star. k9ota5LScnMartinez was arguably snubbed in the MVP voting, as he wasn't a finalist, though he was an obvious choice for a Silver Slugger award after finishing second in the AL in batting average (.330), second in homers (43) and first in RBI (130).He also became the first player in MLB history to win two different Silver Slugger awards in a season.Chris Cotillo ChrisCotilloWait, J.D. Martinez was so good that they gave him two Silver Sluggers. Outfield and DH.Chris Cotillo ChrisCotilloJ.D. Martinez is the first player ever to win two Silver Sluggers in the same year. I didnt know that was possible.Brandon Wile Brandon_N_WileJ.D. Martinez winning two Silver Sluggers in the same season is pretty dumb and awesomeAltuve keeps collecting the Silver Sluggers, winning the award for the fifth time. Only Ryne Sandberg (seven) has more at second base. Lindor is starting to make winning the award a habit himself, taking it home for the second straight year after blasting 38 home runs and tying Betts for the most runs scored in the AL (129).Perez, meanwhile, took home his second Silver Slugger award:Kansas City Royals RoyalsSalvy鈥檚 going to need a bigger trophy case. 馃弳 馃憦 Congrats on your 2nd career Silver Slugger Award! I9UqQV89t8And then there's the left side of Cleveland's infield, where Lindor and Ramirez led Cleveland back to the postseason. Ramirez is also an MVP finalist after an epic season in which he hit 39 homers and accumulated 105 RBI. National League WinnersOutfielders: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers; David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks; Nick Markakis, Atlanta BravesFirst Base: Paul Goldschmidt http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-george-brett-jersey , Arizona DiamondbacksSecond Base: Javier Baez, Chicago CubsShortstop: Trevor Story, Colorado RockiesThird Base: Nolan Arenado, Colorado RockiesCatcher: J.T. Realmuto, Miami MarlinsPitcher: German Marquez, Colorado Rockies ReactionYelich is a finalist for the NL MVP after leading the league with a .326 average to go along with 36 homers and 110 RBI, so he was an easy choice for a Silver Slugger.Markakis, meanwhile, was one of the feel-good stories in baseball after a career year for the Braves:MLB Network MLBNetwork2,237 career hits. And now Nick Markakis has his first career Award. uHRF9j5zT4Kelsey Wingert KelsWingertThe awards keep piling up for Nick Markakis who just picked up his first career Silver Slugger Award. It will look really nice next to his third career Gold Glove and jersey from his first career All-Star Game this year.If Yelich is the front-runner for MVP, Baez is nipping on his heels after leading the NL with 111 RBI to go along with a .290 average and 34 home runs. He's generally more praised for his elite defense, but Baez was an offensive force in 2018.To put Baez's season in perspective, he was a Silver Slugger finalist at second base and at shortstop. He did just about everything for the Cubs this year.Chicago Cubs CubsCongratulations to javy23baez on winning his first career National League Award! sWTbP2dWxLStory and Arenado combined to blast75 dingers, so it wasn't surprising to see them take home Silver Slugger awards.Colorado Rockies RockiesNolan Arenado Mike Moustakas Jersey , collector of precious metals.#NolanBeingNolan 馃槏 bthhzwfzKhMLB Network MLBNetworkLeader in extra-base hits = a for Tstory2. B0aWW4Ht6oAnd then there's Realmuto, who was one of the bright spots for Miami this season after hitting .277 with 21 homers and 74 RBI, excellent numbers from the catcher position. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A trifecta for Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor backed an efficient seven innings by Mike Minor as the Texas Rangers won a close game after a pair of lopsided wins.Gallo and Odor both homered for the third straight game, this time in a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night after the Rangers had scored a combined 28 runs to win each of the first two games in the series by at least eight runs.“Both of them are swinging the bat very well, seeing the baseball very well,” manager Jeff Banister said, adding that Odor has been patient at the plate and Gallo has been aggressive in the zone. Gallo hit a scorching liner into the right field seats right after Adrian Beltre started the fourth by reaching on a throwing error by third baseman Renato Nunez. His 29th homer of the season put the Rangers up 2-0 against Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (7-10).“Getting some pitches to drive, and when he does, he drives them out of the ballpark,” Banister said.“Joey’s been really good at the plate, too, been really focused,” said Odor Salvador Perez Jersey , who went deep in the eighth with a towering 445-foot solo shot beyond the Rangers bullpen in right-center for his 13th homer. Minor (8-6) threw 63 of his 86 pitches for strikes over seven innings. A full-time reliever last season for Kansas City after missing two whole seasons because of left shoulder surgery, the lefty struck out six without a walk while allowing one run and four hits. He is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA his last three starts.“We’ve just kind of mixed it up, all four pitches, instead of two-pitch mix. I threw more curveballs, more changeups in and out, mixed it up pretty well,” Minor said. “I’m getting better with my pitches every week.”Bundy struck out six and walked two in his six innings. He has allowed 27 homers this season, one more than Kansas City’s Jakob Junis for the most in the majors.“I’m not happy about it at all, but it was a little bit better,” Bundy said. “I only left one ball over the plate instead of three it seems like the past two outings.”WITH THE SAVEJose Leclerc, the expected closer after Keone Kela was traded to Pittsburgh earlier this week, worked a perfect ninth for his first save in five chances.SHORT HOPSOrioles DH Mark Trumbo’s RBI single in the seventh was his 1,000th career hit . He is the 31st active player with at least 1,000 hits and 200 homers (214). … Texas SS Elvis Andrus extended the longest active hitting streak in the majors to 15 games with his double in the first. … Texas has won seven of eight overall.HONORING VLADVladimir Guerrero http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-moss-jersey , whose only season with the Rangers was for their first World Series in 2010, was honored in a pregame ceremony after his induction last weekend into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Guerrero threw the ceremonial first pitch to Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, the former Rangers catcher inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: OF Craig Gentry, out since late June with a left rib fracture, could start a rehab assignment early next week. Showalter said Gentry is ahead of INF Steve Wilkerson (oblique), who initially was also set to start rehab last week. “I don’t know if I’d call it a setback,” Showalter said. “We just don’t want to push it and say well, here’s the schedule. Let’s see what the players’ bodies are telling us.”Rangers: CF Delino DeShields is on MLB’s seven-day concussion disabled list. The Rangers announced the move Saturday, more than three weeks after DeShields banged the back of his head when trying to make a sliding catch in Boston. He had been scratched from Friday’s lineup because of headaches.UP NEXTRight-hander Drew Hutchison will start the series finale for the Rangers a day after agreeing to a major league contract. The Rangers announced his signing in the eighth inning of Saturday night’s game. It will be his first big league start since 2016 with Pittsburgh. He began this season in the Phillies bullpen but was designated for assignment May 31. He rejected an outright assignment, signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers and was with Triple-A Oklahoma City before requesting and being granted his release last Tuesday.