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Giants' Posey, Rays' Rodney win comeback player awards

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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney were announced as the 2012 Comeback Players of the Year, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

Posey took the NL batting title with a .336 average and collected a career-high 24 homers and 103 RBIs, while mostly playing the demanding position of catcher.

The righty played just 45 games in 2011 before being breaking his ankle in a collision at home plate.

This award could be the first of many accolades for Posey, who is competing with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun for the NL Most Valuable Player Award.

Rodney was second in the league with 48 saves and posted a 0.60 ERA in a career-high 76 appearances. His ERA is the lowest by a pitcher with 50 innings in the sport's history.

Rodney lost his closer's job with the Los Angeles Angels and appeared in just 39 games. He signed with the Rays in the winter.
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