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Rafael Soriano named winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for May06/02/2010 5:12 PM ET
Rafael Soriano of the Tampa Bay Rays has been selected as the winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for May, it was announced today. This Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.
Soriano did not allow a run in his 12 appearances during the month of May, converting each of his nine save opportunities to tie for the A.L. lead in saves for the month. In 11.1 innings overall, Rafael allowed just three hits and three walks with nine strikeouts while holding hitters to a .086 batting average. The 30-year-old right-hander picked up four saves and a win in a span of five appearances from May 2nd-15th, yielding just three walks with five strikeouts over 5.0 innings of no-hit ball. The native of San Jose, Dominican Republic earned his second victory of the season after hurling a scoreless ninth inning on May 15th against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field. Soriano, who was originally signed by the Mariners in 1996, was acquired by Tampa Bay from the Atlanta Braves in December. In his first season with the Rays, Rafael is now 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA, and he leads the A.L. with 15 saves, successfully converting all of his opportunities. In 21.1 innings pitched, he has permitted 13 hits and five walks with 17 strikeouts. Soriano, who has converted 20 straight saves dating back to last season, is one shy of the club mark for consecutive saves to begin a season (16 by Al Reyes in 2007), and four shy of the overall club record of 19 set by Roberto Hernandez in 1999.
Other relievers receiving votes included Jonathan Broxton (2-0, 1.84 ERA, 12 SV, 14.2 IP, 2 BB, 21 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Neftali Feliz (0-0, 0.71 ERA, 9 SV, 12.2 IP, 2 BB, 12 SO) of the Texas Rangers; and San Francisco's Brian Wilson (1-0, 2.38 ERA, 8 SV, 11.1 IP, 3 BB, 22 SO).
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