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Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer was named the American League Rookie of the Year, beating finalists Gary Sanchez of the Yankees and Tyler Naquin of the Indians. Joey Votto Jersey .The 23-year-old right-hander went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 26 starts for a Tigers club that narrowly missed the playoffs.Im really happy and blessed to receive this award, Fulmer said on a conference call. I knew that both Gary and Tyler [Naquin] had outstanding years, and I hope to play against them for a long time.Over a 14-start stretch spanning late May to mid-August, Fulmer pitched 93? innings and recorded a 1.44 ERA. He started that run by becoming the second pitcher in major league history to make four straight scoreless starts of at least six innings while allowing three hits or fewer, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.A late-season swoon caused a dip in Fulmers numbers, however. Following his first career shutout in an Aug. 14 start, Fulmer pitched fewer than six innings in four of his final seven starts. During that post-Aug. 14 stretch, the rightys ERA steadily increased from 2.25 to 3.06.Fulmer is the fifth Tigers player to win Rookie of the Year, joining Justin Verlander (2006), Lou Whitaker (1978), Mark Fidrych (1976) and Harvey Kuenn (1953). Verlander is now a mentor to Fulmer in the Detroit rotation.I remember back in spring training where I was kind of nervous to come up to him, Fulmer said. I watched him. Ever since he was a rookie, he was one of my favorite pitchers in the game.Fulmer joined the Tigers organization at the 2015 trade deadline as part of the deal that sent slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets.ESPNs Mark Simon and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Tony Perez Jersey . Miller finished in two minutes, 6.09 seconds, one day before the first medal race on the Alpine schedule. 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Tampa Bay gave up on him less than three seasons into a career thats taken off since the Rams acquired -- and cast him in a hybrid role that helped the punishing hitter land a five-year, $45 million contract last winter.Barron faces his former team for the second time Sunday when Los Angeles (1-1) visits Raymond James Stadium. While the fifth-year pro says he doesnt go out of my way to keep up with the Bucs (1-1) these days, he concedes the decision in 2014 to ship him to the Rams in exchange for two draft picks motivates him.It was just the way everything happened. I didnt ever feel like it was the way it should have happened, said Barron, who started all 37 games he played for the Bucs, who viewed him as a bad fit for the defense installed when then-coach Lovie Smith replaced Greg Schiano two years ago.I didnt feel like it was respectful at all, in my opinion. But Im happy it happened, Barron added. I feel like it was one of the better things that happened to my career, actually.Used exclusively as a safety before joining the Rams eight games into the 2014 season, Barron forced four fumbles and led his new team with 135 tackles a year ago, when he started 11 games while filling in for injured linebacker Alec Ogletree. Hes also retained some responsibilities as a safety in pass coverage.We felt like Mark was better suited for that than what they asked him to do (in Tampa), Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.He was surprised about the move. Weve kind of morphed (Barron) into more of a down-safety/linebacker position, Fisher added. He can still do the things in space, if you need, but hes so talented and so instinctive around the line of scrimmage that (we) just let him play.Barron, who had eight tackles in the Rams 31-23 win over Tampa Bay last December, likes the hybrid role.I wouldnt say it fits me better. I like doing it, I feel like its good because ... Im closer to the ball, he said. I feel like I was always a guy that was always around the ball, even from a safety possition. Barry Larkin Jersey. . So now Im just closer to it and I can get to everything faster, which allows me to make more plays.Things to know about Rams-Bucs:SHORT MEMORY: A week after throwing for four touchdowns against Atlanta, Tampa Bays Jameis Winston was intercepted four times and lost a fumble in a 40-7 loss at Arizona. The first pick in the 2015 draft has a knack for rebounding from poor performances, embracing the snap and clear mentality preached by quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian. It goes with positive plays and negative plays, he said. Dirk Koetter was asked if Winston is adept at shrugging off bad games. Yeah, he has to be, the coach said. We cant play like we did the other night or its going to be a long season.CORNER HELP: The Rams defense was sharp during their 9-3 win over the Seahawks, but Seattle repeatedly threw to receivers covered by cornerbacks Coty Sensabaugh and Troy Hill, sensing weakness in the backups. Los Angeles could get help at that key position this week if E.J. Gaines is able to return. After missing all of last season with a foot injury, he has been sidelined since the preseason with a thigh injury.GROUNDED: Bucs RB Doug Martin, an All-Pro last year, injured his right hamstring last week and is expected to miss at least three games. He was the second-leading rusher in the NFL behind Adrian Peterson last season. The workload for Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers will increase during the two-time Pro Bowl selections absence.CHASING JAMEIS: Winston and Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald discussed last seasons Rams-Bucs matchup at last winters Pro Bowl. He was saying, `Youre just mad because you aint sacked me yet, ` Donald said with a grin. The Rams pursuit of the young QB is a key to their defensive game plan. Although the Bucs star is not as mobile as San Franciscos Blaine Gabbert and Seattles Russell Wilson, Los Angeles is preparing for Winston to attack anyway he can. We know hes one of the best quarterbacks in the game, MLB Ogletree said, but were confident.---AP NFL website: and ;Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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