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David Price, Jonny Venters win Comeback Player of the Year Awards

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David Price of the Boston Red Sox and Jonny Venters of the Atlanta Braves have been named the 2018 Comeback Players of the Year.

Venters’ comeback was nothing short of astounding. He returned to the bigs for the first time since 2012, undergoing two Tommy John surgeries in that span. Which were, in fact, his second and third Tommy John surgeries overall. This year he went 5-2 with three saves and a 3.67 ERA over 50 appearances, 22 of which came with the Tampa Bay Rays. He’d probably have won the award even if his arm fell off in his fifth outing, to be honest. That he was an effective full-time reliever was frankly amazing.

Price’s comeback was not anywhere near as dramatic, but it was a comeback all the same. Limited by injury to just 16 games in 2017 — 11 of which came as starts — Price returned to full time action in 2018, going 16-7 with a 3.58 ERA over 30 starts. It wasn’t a dramatic improvement in any rate stats or anything, but simply being back on the field more was a key part of helping the Red Sox win the World Series.

Video: White Sox turn triple play against Astros

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White Sox starter Iván Nova was able to escape a jam in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Astros with the help of a triple play. Nova had allowed a leadoff double to Tony Kemp, then hit Robinson Chirinos with a pitch to put runners on first and second base with no outs. Facing Jake Marisnick in a 1-1 count, Nova threw a 94 MPH fastball that Marisnick sharply grounded to Yoán Moncada right at the third base bag. Moncada quickly fired the ball to Yolmer Sánchez at second base, then Sánchez whipped the ball to José Abreu at first base just ahead of a lunging Marisnick to complete the triple-killing.

According to Baseball Almanac, it’s the 718th known triple play dating back to 1876. The last time the White Sox turned a triple play was 2016. They turned three triple plays that season, amusingly. The Astros have been victimized by two of the last three triple plays, having also hit into one on April 19 last year against the Mariners.