The Indians’ top pick in the 2012 draft was honored as Player of the Week in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday.
Tyler Naquin, a 22-year-old center fielder for the Surprise Saguaros, batted .400 and extended his league-leading hitting streak to 13 games. He also led the league in hits (eight) and RBI (seven) for the week.
In the first three weeks of the fall league schedule, Naquin is batting .370 and leads the league in hits with 20.
Naquin has been named to the West Division roster in Saturday’s Arizona Fall League All-Star Game, which will be aired on the MLB Network.
— Sheldon Ocker
Reddick has surgery
Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick underwent surgery on his troublesome right wrist, which affected him much of the season for the AL West champions.
The A’s said after the season ended with a division series loss to Detroit again that Reddick would likely need arthroscopic surgery on his sprained right wrist that twice landed him on the disabled list.
Dr. Mark Belsky, a hand specialist in Newton, Mass., who performed surgery on Reddick’s left wrist in November 2011, handled the procedure Wednesday.
Reddick, who batted .226 with 12 homers and 56 RBI in 114 games after winning a 2012 Gold Glove, should be ready for the start of spring training. He hit .176 (6-for-34) with two homers, two RBI and 15 strikeouts the past two postseasons.
Tigers to let Pena go
The Detroit Tigers are ready to move on without backup catcher Brayan Pena.
A team spokesman says Pena’s agent reached out to the Tigers, and the team said at this point it is looking in a different direction.
Pena signed a one-year deal with Detroit before the 2013 season. He hit .297 with four home runs in 71 games as the primary backup to Alex Avila. The 31-year-old Pena has also played for the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves.
The Tigers also have 25-year-old Bryan Holaday in their system. He started eight games behind the plate this year for Detroit.
Japan Series even 2-2
Takayuki Terauchi drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning in Tokyo as the Yomiuri Giants beat the Rakuten Eagles 6-5 to even the best-of-seven Japan Series at two games each.
Terauchi’s single to right off reliever Kohei Hasebe scored the runner from second.
“That was clutch hitting by Terauchi,” Yomiuri manager Tatsunori Hara said. “We got good production out of our batters today and that was the difference.”
Scott Mathieson picked up the win after taking the mound in the seventh and pitching two scoreless innings of relief.
Andruw Jones gave the Eagles an early lead with a three-run homer in the first inning and Rakuten widened the lead to 4-1 in the second.
The Giants staged a comeback led by Hisayoshi Chono, who drove in a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to give Yomiuri a 5-4 lead.
Eagles captain Kazuo Matsui singled to lead off the top of the sixth and scored on Ryo Hijirisawa’s one-out double to tie it 5-5. Tetsuya Yamaguchi pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.