Sun Sep 30 11:12am EDT
With the season winding down, there appear to be only two candidates for AL Rookie of the Year: Dustin Pedroia from the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Devil Rays Delmon Young. But, without picking up a bat or running down a ball ticketed for center field, Pedroia's chances might have been boosted this weekend with an incident that could have a profound impact on the race.
Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon removed Young from Saturday's game for not running out a ground ball in the sixth inning. The situation apparently has happened at least three times. And the punishment prompted Young to say, in a profanity-laced vow, he would refuse to show up for the game today in Toronto, though Maddon said he hadn't decided whether the right fielder would play in the season finale. Young threw his bat at an umpire in a minor league game April 26, 2006, at Pawtucket, R.I., earning him a 50-game suspension.