Another MVP for A-Rod, Pena ninth
Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez won his third AL MVP award Monday, dominating the voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and Rays 1B Carlos Pena finished ninth.
Rodriguez received 26 of 28 first-place votes and beat runner up and Tigers OF Magglio Ordonez, who received the other two first place votes, by a 382-258 margin. Angels OF Vladimir Guerrero, Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Red Sox 3B Mike Lowell rounded out the top five.
Pena -- who was second to Rodriguez in the AL with 46 homers – received 64 points, which included two third-place votes, two sixth place, two seventh place, three eighth place, eight ninth place and five 10th place votes. Two members of the BBWA in each AL city ranked their top 10 players.
Pena finished behind Yankees C Jorge Posada (sixth), Indians C Victor Martinez (seventh) and Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki (eighth), but was ahead of Tigers OF Curtis Granderson, Yankees SS Derek Jeter and Indians OF Grady Sizemore, who finished 10th through 12th respectively.
Pena still received the most MVP points by a Tampa Bay player. Only three times has a Rays player received points: Aubrey Huff (four in 2003), Jorge Cantu (one in 2005) and Carl Crawford (two in 2006).