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Ivan Nova 4th in Rookie of the Year vote

Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova delivers the ball to

Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova delivers the ball to the Mets during the first inning of an interleague baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (May 22, 2011) Credit: AP

Ivan Nova stormed into AL Rookie of the Year contention in the season's second half, as his unflappable mound demeanor and refined slider helped him win his last 12 regular-season decisions.

But that performance, which included an eight-game winning streak, wasn't enough. Rays righthander Jeremy Hellickson ran away with the Jackie Robinson AL Rookie of the Year award -- with Nova finishing fourth -- in results announced Monday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Hellickson, who went 13-10, led major-league rookies in ERA (2.95), innings (189), starts (29) and opponents' batting average (.210). He garnered 17 of 28 first-place votes in amassing 102 points, far ahead of Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo, who earned 63 points (five first-place votes). Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was third with 38 points (four first-place votes), followed by Nova with 30 points (one first-place vote).

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, who set the record for saves by a first-year pitcher with 46 in tying the Brewers' John Axford for the National League lead, was a unanimous selection for the NL award.

Kimbrel's teammate, first baseman Freddie Freeman, finished second with 70 points and Phillies pitcher Vance Worley was third with 40.

Nova, 24, who went 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 28 games (27 starts), helped anchor the Yankees' rotation in the second half of the season, becoming one of the unit's most consistent performers. He limited the opposition to two or fewer earned runs in 10 of his last 17 starts. Making the numbers even more impressive was that Nova spent nearly all of July in the minors, squeezed out of the rotation because of a numbers crunch when Phil Hughes returned from injury.

Jeter to have a field day

Derek Jeter's high school in Kalamazoo, Mich., is in the process of naming its baseball field after the Yankees' shortstop.

The school district's board recently approved a committee's recommendation that Kalamazoo Central's field be named Derek Jeter Field.

Jeter graduated from the school in 1992. As a senior, he hit .508 with four home runs and 23 RBIs in 23 games. -- AP

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