Bay wins first Silver Slugger award

Jason Bay has been named to the 2009 American League Silver Slugger team. Bay, currently a free agent, is receiving the honor for the first time after setting career highs with 36 home runs and 119 RBI in 151 games with the Red Sox in 2009.

The Silver Slugger Awards are presented annually to the top offensive players at each position in both the AL and NL based on the voting of managers and coaches.

The Sox have been represented on the AL Silver Slugger team in each of the last nine seasons beginning in 2001 and Red Sox players have won 32 Silver Sluggers since the award’s inception in 1980.

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2009 AMERICAN LEAGUE LOUISVILLE SLUGGER SILVER SLUGGER TEAM

1B—Mark Teixeira, New York (3d Award)
2B—Aaron Hill, Toronto (1st Award)
3B—Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay (1st Award)
SS—Derek Jeter, New York (4th Award)
OF—Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle (3rd Award)
OF—Jason Bay, Boston (1st Award)
OF—Torii Hunter, Los Angeles (1st Award)
C—Joe Mauer, Minnesota (3d Award)
DH—Adam Lind, Toronto (1st Award)

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