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Betts, Moreland, Pedey, Sale up for Gold Gloves

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BOSTON -- After a season of slick fielding around the diamond, four Red Sox players were named finalists for a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

Right fielder Mookie Betts, first baseman Mitch Moreland, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and ace lefty Chris Sale were announced as American League finalists at their respective positions on Thursday. Betts and Moreland are hoping to make it back-to-back Gold Glove honors.

BOSTON -- After a season of slick fielding around the diamond, four Red Sox players were named finalists for a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

Right fielder Mookie Betts, first baseman Mitch Moreland, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and ace lefty Chris Sale were announced as American League finalists at their respective positions on Thursday. Betts and Moreland are hoping to make it back-to-back Gold Glove honors.

Winners will be announced on Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Playing half of his games in one of the most challenging right-field territories in the Majors, Betts made standout plays all season, registering eight outfield assists. According to Fangraphs, he led Major League right fielders in Ultimate Zone Rating (18.9) and Defensive Runs Saved (31). Kole Calhoun (Angels) and Aaron Judge (Yankees) are the other AL finalists in right field.

In his first season with the Red Sox, Moreland came as advertised, consistently helping out his infielders with slick scoops at first base. He was credited with 10 Defensive Runs Saved, which trailed only Reds first baseman Joey Votto. Moreland is in competition with Eric Hosmer (Royals) and Carlos Santana (Indians) for the AL Gold Glove at first base.

Video: BOS@CIN: Moreland begins a 3-6-3 double play

Pedroia, a four-time Gold Glove Award winner, was named a finalist despite a problematic left knee that limited him to 105 games. In 366 total chances, Pedroia made just two errors and is a finalist at second base with Brian Dozier (Twins) and Ian Kinsler (Tigers).

As dominant as Sale was on the mound, he sometimes helped himself out with his own slick fielding. In his career, the southpaw has made just three errors. He has been errorless over the past two seasons, covering 61 total chances. Sale has never won a Gold Glove Award. Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays) and Alex Cobb (Rays) are the other two AL pitchers up for consideration.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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