ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ One season after being released by
three teams, Carlos Pena (PAYN'-yuh) put together the best season
in Tampa Bay Devil Rays history. And that has led to his being
named Major League Baseball's American League comeback player of
The 28-year-old slugger batted .282 with 46 home runs and 121
RBIs after joining the Devil Rays in spring training as a
In addition to setting Devil Rays records for home runs and
RBIs, Pena scored a team-high 99 runs and set club marks for walks,
on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
The left-handed hitter is the first player in major league
history to belt 40 or more homers the season after being released.
Last year, he homered once in 18 games for Boston and spent most
of the season in Triple-A with the Red Sox and New York Yankees. He
hit 27 homers and drove in 82 runs for Detroit in 2004, but slipped
to 18 homers and 44 RBIs the following season and was released by
the Tigers in March 2006.
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