Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Pena, Young win Comeback Player awards

Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena and Washington's Dmitri Young, a former Alabama Christian star, were named Comeback Players of the Year today.

Pena, who made the Devil Rays out of spring training only after an injury to another player, won the AL award. Pena hit .282 and set Rays records with 46 home runs and 121 RBIs this year. He was a non-roster invitee to spring training and wasn't going to make the team until Greg Norton suffered a knee injury in the final exhibition game.

Young had a .320 average, 13 homers and 74 RBIs to win the NL award. The 33-year-old played on Alabama Christian's varsity as a seventh- and eighth-grader. He hit .564 in 1986 and .400 in 1987.

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