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October 30, 2013

Pedroia, Victorino win Gold Gloves

BOSTON (AP) - Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and right fielder Shane Victorino each received 2013 American League Gold Gloves.

This marks Pedroia’s third Gold Glove Award, as he also received the honor in 2008 and 2011. Since the award’s inception in 1957, he is the sixth player to win at least three with Boston, along with Frank Malzone (3 at third base), Carl Yastrzemski (7 in the outfield), George Scott (3 at first base), Fred Lynn (4 in the outfield), and Dwight Evans (8 in the outfield).

According to Fangraphs, he topped all major league second baseman with 15 defensive runs saved and also led the American League with an .836 zone rating at the position. His .993 fielding percentage (5 errors/688 total chances) ranked second among AL qualifiers at second base, percentage points behind Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist (.9927 to .9928).

For Victorino it is his fourth Gold Glove Award. He previously won Gold Gloves in three consecutive seasons from 2008-10 while with the Phillies.

In his first season with the Red Sox in 2013, Victorino made a career-high 106 starts in right field and appeared in 110 games overall at the position. He also made 11 starts and played in 15 games in center field.

The Hawaii native tied for sixth in the American League with a team-leading 10 outfield assists, and his nine assists from right field tied for the AL lead and marked the most by a Red Sox right fielder since Trot Nixon recorded nine in 2005.

He tallied the third-most putouts among AL right fielders (264) and his three double plays tied for second-most in the circuit at the position. According to Fangraphs, Victorino led the AL with 24 defensive runs saved in right field.

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