In just his third season with the Baltimore Orioles, former Stratford High School standout Matt Wieters won the American League Gold Glove award at catcher.

Wieters, who was named to the all-star game this year, also hit 22 home runs and 68 RBIs.

'That's probably, from start to finish, the best catching job I've ever seen,' Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun.

Wieters allowed one passed ball and threw out 37 percent of would-be base stealers.

'I think going through the league more than once helps. I started out hot, threw out a lot of base runners early, and that gets you noticed,' Wieters told the newspaper. 'And I was able to play well defensively all season. I think defense is something that I take pride in and a lot of catchers take pride in coming up.'

Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier became the first trio of Los Angeles Dodgers to win NL Gold Gloves in the same year, and Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury became the first three Red Sox in 32 seasons to win the AL honor together.

Kershaw became a first-time winner at pitcher when the awards were announced Tuesday. Ethier earned his first Gold Glove in the outfield and Kemp regained the NL award he also earned in 2009.


Pitcher Andrew Brackman was released by the New York Yankees, four years after signing a contract for a $3.35 million bonus.

New York drafted Brackman in the first round with the 30th pick in 2007, knowing the 6-10 right-hander from North Carolina State likely would need elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

He had the operation on Aug 24.