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10/20/09 6:00 PM EST

Happ wins Sporting News rookie award

Phils lefty began year in bullpen, then thrived as starter

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left-hander J.A. Happ started the season in the bullpen, found himself in trade rumors in July and wondered where he might pitch in the postseason in September.

Happ still pitched well.

He went 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 35 games (23 starts) as Sporting News on Tuesday named Happ its National League Rookie of the Year, as selected by a panel of 338 Major League players.

"Over the course of the season, if you try to be consistent and play the game the right way, I think guys will take notice of that, and it's definitely an honor that they did," Happ said during a workout Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.