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Awards for Rays: Brandon Lowe named AL rookie of the month, Tyler Glasnow top pitcher

Lowe hit .289 with 6 homers and 17 RBIs, Glasnow was 5-0, 1.75 in six starts through the end of April.
Brandon Lowe, left, and Tyler Glasnow, right. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD, MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Brandon Lowe, left, and Tyler Glasnow, right. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD, MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published May 2, 2019
Updated May 2, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyler Glasnow and Brandon Lowe have been two of the key contributors to the Rays’ strong early showing.

And Thursday they were recognized for their performance, Glasnow named the American League Pitcher of the Month and Lowe the Rookie of the Month.

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Glasnow, in his first full season with the Rays after being acquired July from Pittsburgh, was 5-0, 1.75 in six starts, tying for the league lead in wins and ranking second in ERA.

“It feels great,’’ Glasnow said. “Especially coming up initially in the big leagues and not having to much success. It’s a nice feeling to feel like I belong for sure.’’

Glasnow is the third straight Rays pitcher to win the award, as Blake Snell was the August and September choice. The last time a team had three straight winners was 2004, when Minnesota’s Johan Santana was tabbed in July, August and September.

Glasnow hopes his early-season success is the start of something.

“I think I can pull some motivation from it for sure,’’ Glasnow said. “I think the plan now is definitely to keep my head down and keep focused and just don’t be content. Just be ready for the rest of the season, for sure.’’

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Lowe was voted the winner after leading league rookies in a number of categories, including a .289 average, 6 homers, 17 RBIs, .917 OPS, a .350 on-base percentage, a .567 slugging percentage, 17 runs and 26 hits.

“It’s incredible,’’ Lowe said. “There’s so many good rookies that are playing right now that have put up some great numbers, and to be able to win this for the month is pretty special.’’

Lowe, who was two at-bats shy last season of the 131 that would have exhausted his rookie eligibility, is the first Rays winner since Wil Myers in September 2013.

He, too, plans to build on his solid performance.

“Absolutely,’’ he said. “You had a good first month, nice pat on the back. It’s a new month now, there’s a lot of games left.’’

Voting is done by writers and broadcasters covering AL teams, with five votes in each market.


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  2. Brandon Lowe, left, and Austin Meadows signeautographs after working out at Rays camp in Port Charlotte on Sunday.
  3. Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb walks back to the mound after giving up a three-run home run to Houston Astros' Jake Marisnick third inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 31, 2017, in Houston.
  4. In this Aug. 4, 2017, file photo Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Mike Bolsinger, left, walks off the mound as the Houston Astros' Marwin Gonzalez rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Houston. Bolsinger sued the Astros on Feb. 10, 2020, claiming their sign-stealing scheme contributed to a poor relief appearance August 2017 that essentially ended his big league career.
  5. A sign marks the entrance to the Houston Astros' spring training baseball practice facility in West Palm Beach.
  6. Houston Astros' Jose Altuve celebrate after a two-run home run off New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman to win Game 6 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Houston. The Astros won 6-4 to win the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  7. Mike Zunino, right, appears to be the primary catcher as the Rays' roster takes shape early in spring training.
  8. Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg watches his pitching staff throw during spring training baseball camp Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  9. New Tampa Bay Rays OF Yoshi Tsutsugo talking to media after first workout, with minor-league athletic trainer Tsutomu Kamiya translating.
  10. Pitchers Joe Ryan (left) and Phoenix Sanders during Friday's workout.
  11. Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado throws during spring training baseball camp Friday in Port Charlotte.
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