Nationals pitcher wins Spahn Award

Nationals' Gio Gonzalez won the Warren Sphan Award, given to the top left-handed pitcher in major league baseball.

Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez won the 2012 Warren Spahn Award in a tiebreaker over Tampa Bay’s David Price.


The award is given to the top left-handed pitcher in the major leagues using a formula based on wins, strikeouts and ERA.

Gonzalez took the tiebreaker with most wins. Gonzalez’s 21 wins were one better than Price, who won the award in 2010.

INDIANS: Sandy Alomar Jr., who guided Cleveland in its final six games after Manny Acta was fired, interviewed Thursday to become the Indians’ next full-time manager.

PHILLIES: Ryne Sandberg is back in the big leagues.

Philadelphia promoted the Hall of Fame second baseman to their coaching staff as third-base coach and infield instructor.

Sandberg had spent the past two seasons managing Philadelphia’s Triple-A affiliate.

TWINS: Fired five coaches in the wake of a second consecutive last-place finish in the AL Central.

Longtime bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, bench coach Scott Ullger, third base coach Steve Liddle, first base coach Jerry White and hitting coach Joe Vavra did not have their contracts renewed for 2013.

RED SOX: Acquired right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and first baseman-outfielder Jerry Sands from the Los Angeles Dodgers on to complete the teams’ Aug. 25 blockbuster trade.

SCHILLING’S WOES: Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling might have to sell or give up the famed blood-stained sock he wore on the team’s way to the 2004 World Series championship to cover millions of dollars in loans he guaranteed to his failed video game company.

The sock is on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.