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AL, NL top rookies chosen

Updated: November 14, 2011, 11:14 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel became the NL Rookie of the Year in a unanimous vote and Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was a clear winner for the AL award Monday.

Kimbrel set a major league record for saves by a rookie with 46. The hard-throwing right-hander earned all 32 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Kimbrel outpointed Braves teammate Freddie Freeman.

"It definitely did surprise me," he said during a conference ...

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