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November 15, 2010

Rangers Neftali Feliz wins AL rookie honor

Texas closer Neftali Feliz has been selected as the American League rookie of the year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Feliz beat Detroit's Austin Jackson for the top honor.

Feliz is the first Rangers player to win the AL rookie of the year award since Mike Hargrove won it in 1974.

Feliz finished with 20 of the 28 first-place votes. Jackson received the other eight first-place votes. Feliz finished with 122 points to Jackson's 98.

Feliz set a major-league record for saves by a rookie with 40. He was also named to the American League All-Star team. Feliz finished the year 4-3 with a 2.73 ERA. He began the year as the set-up man for Frank Francisco, but took over the job in early April, recording his first save April 12.

Feliz was named the AL rookie of the month for September.

Last year Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus finished second in the AL rookie voting to Oakland closer Andrew Bailey.

- Anthony Andro

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