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Rick VandenHurk, Jeff Locke Receive Indianapolis Awards

The Indians gave out the team awards after the game tonight:

Most Valuable Player — Rick VandenHurk.  He finishes the regular season with a 13-5 record and a 2.92 ERA in 19 starts (plus two relief appearances) for the Indians.

Starting Pitcher of the Year — Jeff Locke.  Locke went 10-5 for the Tribe with a 2.48 ERA, leading the team with 24 starts and 131 strikeouts.  He also spent some time with the Pirates, where he’s going to be headed after Sept 1st.

Relief Pitcher of the Year — Tim Wood.  In 54 appearances, Wood earned 21 saves (second best in the IL).  Wood’s record was 6-6, and he has a 2.19 ERA with three more games scheduled.  Wood was also named to the IL post-season All-Star Team.

Offensive Player of the Year —  Brandon Boggs.  Boggs has appeared in more games than any other Indians’ player this season (124 so far).  Boggs’ average is .261, with a team high 60 walks, 104 hits, and 55 RBI.  He is second on the team with 24 doubles, and 5 triples, and he’s tied for third with 9 home runs.

Defensive Player of the Year —  Anderson Hernandez.  Hernandez has played second base, third base, shortstop, and left field this season.  He has a .970 fielding percentage (as of yesterday) and contributed in a team-high 40 double plays.

August Player of the Month — Brock Holt.  No surprise here.  Holt showed up from Altoona, started to hit, and never stopped.  His average currently stands at .432 in 24 games, with 7 doubles, a home run, and 7 RBI, plus 5 stolen bases.  Holt is also expected to be called up to the Pirates on Sept 1st.

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Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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