Rays’ Honey­well has MVP hon­ors


The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Steven Wine

MI­AMI» More than two hours af­ter pitch­ing in the All-Star Fu­tures Game, Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brent Honey­well was still think­ing about de­liv­ery and lo­ca­tion.

Where should his newly won MVP tro­phy go?

“Hon­estly, I don’t know,” Honey­well said as he held the hard­ware at his locker. “My par­ents are prob­a­bly go­ing to have to play rock­pa­per-scis­sors for it.”

Honey­well, the only pitcher to throw more than one in­ning, struck out four in two score­less in­nings Sun­day to help a well­bal­anced United States side past the World team 7-6 at Mar­lins Park.

Honey­well was the first of 10 pitch­ers for the United States, and the group com­bined for 11 strike­outs. The first one came on the only screw­ball Honey­well threw — to Alex Ver­dugo of the Dodgers.

“I had thrown him ev­ery­thing else,” said Honey­well, a right-han­der who is with Triple-A Durham. “I thought, ‘If I’m go­ing to do it, I’m go­ing to do it right here.’ And it was a re­ally good one.” Ver­dugo agreed.

“I had faced him be­fore and knew he had the screw­ball,” Ver­dugo said. “It dropped down into the zone. Some­times you just have to tip your hat.”

By the fourth in­ning the U.S. team had nine hits, one by ev­ery starter. The World team had only one baserun­ner un­til the fifth, and by then the score was 7-0.

Josh Nay­lor of the Padres drove in the World team’s first run with a sin­gle in the fifth.

“Re­gard­less of how you do, it’s a unique ex­pe­ri­ence — a taste of the big leagues,” Nay­lor said.

The World team scored twice in the ninth be­fore A.J. Puk of the Ath­let­ics got the fi­nal out for a save. The United States won for the sev­enth time in the past eight years.

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