Bell wins relief award

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, Last Updated: 6:19 PM ET

NEW YORK -- San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell has been selected as the Delivery Man of the Year by a panel from Major League Baseball.

The award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher of the regular season.

Bell went 6-1 with a career-low 1.93 earned-run average and converted 47 of his 50 save opportunities during the 2010 season. He finished first in the majors with a 94.0 save percentage.

Over 70.0 innings, Bell limited opposing hitters to a .221 batting average. The 47 saves ranked second in the big leagues to San Francisco's Brian Wilson (48), and were the second-most in Padres history behind Trevor Hoffman's 53 saves in 1998.

The 33-year-old Bell, a two-time All-Star, won this award for the first time.

Others considered for the honor were Tampa Bay's Rafael Soriano (3-2, 1.73 ERA, 45 saves); Wilson of the Giants (3-3, 1.81 ERA); Texas Rangers rookie Neftali Feliz (4-3, 2.73 ERA, 40 saves) and Kansas City's Joakim Soria (1-2, 1.78 ERA, 43 saves).


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