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Craig Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen Named Relievers Of The Year

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It’s been a busy week in baseball for hardware, with the Hank Aaron Award being presented on Wednesday and the Roberto Clemente Award on Friday.

The trophies didn’t end there, as the two best relief pitchers in each league were presented with the Reliever of the Year Award last night prior to Game 4 of the World Series.

Repping the Mariano Rivera Award for the American League- Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel. And the Trevor Hoffman Award for the National League- Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who’s currently trying to win a ring.

Both closers had dominant seasons, and no one should be all that surprised that the two flamethrowers were honored with this particular award.

For the AL, Kimbrel had a 5-0 record in 67 games, went 35 for 39 in save opportunities, and led the league with a 1.43 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 16.43 strikeouts-per-nine. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was also exactly nine to lead the league (126 to 14).

Jansen meanwhile was just as dominant if not more in the NL for the Dodgers. Like Kimbrel, he had a perfect 5-0 record in 65 appearances. He also went 41 for 42 in saves, and led the league with a 1.32 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 15.57 strikeout-to-walk ratio (109 to 7).

This is Kimbrel’s second career Reliever of the Year honor, winning in 2014 for the Atlanta Braves. For Jansen, it’s his second overall, and second in as many seasons for LA.

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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