American League MVP Watch

American League MVP Watch

BOSTON -- Both Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz had relatively quiet days as they made their respective final statements for MVP consideration. Rodriguez went hitless in three at-bats before being pulled midway through Sunday's finale, while Ortiz came out for a pinch-runner in the sixth after going 1-for-2. Ortiz finished with a .300 average, his second straight season at .300 or better. He batted .301 in 2004. A-Rod finished his second year with the Bombers with 48 long balls, one more than Big Papi.

What he did: Went 0-for-3.
What it meant: Rodriguez's most meaningful at-bat came in the first inning. With Curt Schilling on the ropes, Rodriguez fouled out to first. He flew out to right field in both the third and fifth in his other two plate appearances.
Key season stats: 48 HRs, 130 RBIs, .321 AVG.
What he's saying: "I think it's done. I don't have anything to say about that. The field is where I did my talking."
What others are saying: "He was incredible for us all season. He got it done in big games and was a huge bat in our lineup all season, and he was near perfect in the field for the last two months." -- Jason Giambi

What he did: Went 1-for-2, with a double, two walks and struck out once.
What it meant: Ortiz had one of the bigger hits of the day, an RBI single in the fourth to give Boston a 3-0 lead, setting the stage for Manny Ramirez's three-run homer to center.
Key season stats: 47 HRs, 148 RBIs, .300 AVG.
What others are saying: "David was just so huge for us in the last two weeks, just like Manny was. The two of them seemed to carry the team. I think David really began to feed off Manny as the season wound down. David wouldn't be the MVP candidate he is without Manny, and David would be the first to tell you that." -- Red Sox batting coach Ron Jackson

Ortiz came out of the game for pinch-runner Kelly Shoppach in the sixth to chants of "MVP! MVP!" and received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Fenway Park.

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.