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    Notes: Dustin Pedroia earns top defensive honors

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) leaps over St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (19) as he throws to first on an attempted double play on a single by David Freese during the fourth inning of Game 4 of baseball's World Series Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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    Dustin Pedroia only committed five errors all season.

    Dustin Pedroia was named the American League defensive player of the year by Wilson Sporting Goods on Thursday.

    The award, in its second season, is determined by a formula that combines scouting, advanced statistics, and traditional statistics.

    In 160 games at second base, Pedrioa committed only five errors in 688 chances, resulting in a .993 fielding percentage. According to, Pedroia led the majors in defensive runs saved (15), was second in plays made outside of his zone (63), and second in Ultimate Zone Rating (10.9).


    Pedroia also won his second Gold Glove award this season.

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    Arizona outfielder Gerardo Parra was named the National League defensive player of the year. The Diamondbacks were named the NL defensive team of the year. The Orioles and Royals shared the AL award.

    Evidence mounting

    Alex Rodriguez’s legal team has gathered extensive additional evidence since he filed a lawsuit accusing Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig of trying to polish their images and destroy the third baseman’s reputation, his lawyer said.

    At a Manhattan federal court hearing, attorney Jordan Siev said his law office has gotten more evidence to support its lawsuit accusing MLB and Selig of going on a ‘‘witch hunt’’ to ruin Rodriguez.

    Siev recounted allegations that the league intimidated and offered cash to witnesses, purchased documents, and allowed one of its investigators to engage in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a witness. He said the league leaked information along the way.


    Meanwhile, the Yankees will make alternative plans for third base if Rodriguez’s grievance hearing isn’t decided soon.

    The players’ association is trying to overturn a 211-game suspension for alleged violations of baseball’s drug program and labor contract. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has presided over eight days of hearings, which are scheduled to resume Nov. 18.

    ‘‘It’s important that we know, because if we’re not going to have him we need to fill that void,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

    Mariners introduce Lloyd McClendon

    Lloyd McClendon was introduced as manager of the Mariners. McClendon, who was the Tigers’ hitting coach the past seven years and managed the Pirates from 2001-05, was named manager earlier in the week . . . The Cubs hired Rick Renteria as their new manager. The Cubs said Renteria, who was the Padres’ bench coach from 2011-13, was given a three-year contract, with club options for 2017 and 2018 . . . Lefthander Martin Perez agreed to a $12.5 million, four-year deal with the Rangers. The deal includes three club options through 2020. Perez, 22, was 10-6 this season with Texas . . . According to an ESPN, discussions relating to how home plate collisions can be reduced are expected to take place at the GM meetings in Orlando next week.