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Bartolo Colon Named Sporting News A.L. Pitcher of the Year

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From The Sporting News:

AL PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Bartolo Colon
, RHP, Angels

When the pennant races heated up, so did Colon. Living up to the expectations of a No. 1 starter, he was 9-2 after July 31.

Colon, 32, was the AL's only 20-game winner, going 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA. It was his second 20-victory season. Colon also ranked among the top 10 AL starters in innings, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP.

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Colon received 130 votes out of 498 ballots cast by Major League Baseball Players.

This award might sound like less than adequate compensation on the heels of a disappointing ALCS, but the next month or so should serve to reinforce just how good a team this really was.

The Sporting New also announced its 2005 American League All-Stars, with Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero the sole Angel representative.