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Longoria, Crawford win Gold Gloves



UPDATE, 4:32: Crawford on winning his first: "It feels good. I was so happy when my agent called and told me, I couldn't believe it.''

Also, on whether he played better defense this year or that the coaches and managers who vote noticed more: "I think it's a combination of both, people paying more attention to it and obviously I had to do my part on the field - I think I played a pretty good leftfield this year."

And Crawford on free agency: "We're just kinda waiting around to see what's going to happen ... we're not like rushing or nothing.''

UPDATE, 4:19: Longoria, on winning again: "It's still an awesome achievement, something I'm very proud of.''

DEVELOPING: Rays 3B Evan Longoria and free-agent OF Carl Crawford both won American League Gold Glove awards on Tuesday.

Longoria, who turned 25 last month, won for the second straight season; he made 14 errors and posted a .966 fielding percentage.  In an ESPNews interview, Longoria said he was honored to win a second award, and that the toughest part of his job at home is handling balls coming off the turf to the dirt.

Crawford, 29, won for the first time despite a reputation as one of the game's best leftfielders; he made two errors for a .994 fielding percentage and had seven assists.

According to research by the Rays, only two major-league third basemen have won two Gold Gloves at a younger age than Longoria since the awards began in 1957 - Brooks Robinson, for the Orioles in 1960-61, and Eric Chavez, for the A's in 2001-02.

Over the last 20 years, only five other players won two Gold Gloves at a younger age at any position: Chavez; OF Andruw Jones, 1998-99; OF Ken Griffey Jr., 1990-91; 2B Roberto Alomar, 1991-92; C Pudge Rodriguez, 1992-93.

The Rays have won four Gold Gloves in franchise history - the two by Longoria, Crawford and Carlos Pena in 2008.

The other AL winners were:
Pitcher - Mark Buehrle, White Sox
Catcher - Joe Mauer, Twins
1B - Mark Teixeira, Yankees
2B - Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS - Derek Jeter, Yankees
OF - Franklin Gutierrez, Mariners
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners

[Last modified: Thursday, December 9, 2010 12:15am]


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