Red Sox Pedroia Top A.L. Rookie

Braun grabs award in NL in narrow win over Tulowitzki
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2007 10:55 PM CST
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, left, makes a leaping throw over Cleveland Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera but fails to complete a double play on Indians batter Travis Hafner allowing a run to...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – He batted .172 in April, yet Dustin Pedroia didn't lose faith -- and today he was rewarded. The Red Sox second baseman was named A.L. Rookie of the Year by baseball writers, easily topping Tampa Bay's Delmon Young. Add that to a World Series win and moving into a new house, and you'd say life is good for the 23-year-old.

"It's...kind of been a dream come true this whole year," Pedroia told the Boston Globe. After quickly moving through the minor leagues prior to this year, he batted .317 with 8 homers and 50 RBI,  becoming the first Boston player to win the award since Nomar Garciaparra. Third baseman Ryan Braun of Milwaukee was named the N.L.'s top rookie.