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Rays ace David Price one of three finalists for AL Cy Young Award

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays ace David Price is duly impressed by the competition, officially named Wednesday a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award along with Detroit's Justin Verlander and Los Angeles' Jered Weaver.

But Price remains confident in his chances to be honored as the league's top pitcher when the results are announced Nov. 14.

"I feel like I put forth a very good body of work, and I feel like I did do enough," Price said Wednesday night. "I anticipate, hopefully, it will be a good day."

Price led the AL (and was second in the majors) with a 2.56 ERA and shared the AL lead in wins with Weaver at 20, 10 vs. AL East teams. Verlander led in innings, 2381/3, and strikeouts, 239. Weaver had the lowest average against, .214, and WHIP (walks and hit per innings pitched), 1.02.

"Anytime you're in there with Verlander and Weaver, guys like that, that's a good group to be a part of because those are guys that make a push to win this award every year," Price said.

Rays closer Fernando Rodney didn't make the top three, though MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds said on the announcement show that Rodney deserved to be there ahead of Verlander.

Around the majors

ROCKIES PICK WEISS: Former big-league shortstop Walt Weiss was chosen to be Colorado's next manager, replacing Jim Tracy, the Denver Post reported. Weiss, 48, was most recently head varsity baseball coach at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo.

RIVERA'S RETURN: The Yankees are expected to ask closer Mariano Rivera to take a significant pay cut, cbssports.com reported. Rivera, 43, missed most of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

YOUNG PLEADS: Free-agent outfielder/DH Delmon Young, 27, a former Ray, pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment for shouting an anti-Semitic slur and tackling a man outside a New York City hotel last spring.

MCGWIRE HIRED: Mark McGwire was officially named Dodgers hitting coach after three seasons with the Cardinals.

SUSPENSION: Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal was suspended 50 games next season because of a positive test for testosterone. Grandal, 23, was a 2010 first-round pick out of Miami.

MARINERS: The team plans to build a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic.

METS: The club terminated outfielder Jason Bay's contract with one guaranteed season remaining on his four-year deal. The deal makes Bay, 34, a free agent and allows the team to spread out the $21 million it owes him.

RED SOX: White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves, 47, was hired as pitching coach.

Information from Times wires was used in this report. Marc Topkin can be reached at topkin@tampabay.com.

BBWAA Award finalists

AL Cy Young (announced Nov. 14): David Price, Rays; Justin Verlander, Tigers; Jered Weaver, Angels

AL Rookie of the Year (Monday): OF Yeonis Cespedes, A's; RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers; OF Mike Trout, Angels

NL Rookie of the Year (Monday): INF/OF Todd Frazier, Reds; OF Bryce Harper, Nats; LHP Wade Miley, D'backs

AL Manager of the Year (Tuesday): Bob Melvin, A's; Buck Showalter, Orioles; Robin Ventura, White Sox

NL Manager of the Year (Tuesday): Dusty Baker, Reds; Bruce Bochy, Giants; Davey Johnson, Nats

NL Cy Young (Nov. 14): R.A. Dickey, Mets; Gio Gonzalez, Nats; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers.

AL MVP (Nov. 15): 3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers; 3B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers; 2B Robinson Cano, Yankees; OF Josh Hamilton, Rangers; OF Mike Trout, Angels.

NL MVP (Nov. 15): OF Ryan Braun, Brewers; 3B Chase Headley, Padres; OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; C Yadier Molina, Cardinals; C Buster Posey, Giants

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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