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Rays' Myers, Marlins' Fernandez win Rookie of the Year awards

Wil Myers, RaysWil Myers was a popular preseason pick for AL Rookie of the Year honors. (AP)

Rays outfielder Wil Myers and Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez won the Baseball Writers' Association of America Rookie of the Year awards on Monday. Myers took the AL honor by a comfortable margin over Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias and Tampa Bay teammate Chris Archer. Fernandez won by a slightly narrower margin over Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller.

Myers got 23 first-place votes and 131 points overall; Iglesias had five firsts and 80 points; Archer, the only pitcher among the AL finalists, got one first-place vote and finished with 35 points. In the NL, Fernandez was the first choice of 26 voters and had 142 points overall, 47 more than Puig, who got four first-place votes.

Myers, 22, played just 88 games but batted .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs and helped the Rays reach the postseason. He was acquired in a blockbuster trade last December with the Kansas City Royals.

Fernandez, 21, went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA that ranked second in the NL. He also was third in WHIP, second in K/9 and led the league in fewest hits per nine innings before being shut down late in the season to preserve his arm after he threw 172 2/3 innings.

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