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Pence Astros' Heart and Hustle winner

Pence Astros' Heart and Hustle winner

HOUSTON -- Astros right fielder Hunter Pence has been named the team's winner of the 2009 Heart and Hustle Award and was presented with a plaque last week by former Houston slugger Jimmy Wynn.

The Heart and Hustle Award is voted on by Major League alumni and presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and traditions of the game.

Pence, in his third season with the Astros, made the National League All-Star team this season and is hitting .282 with 19 homers and 57 RBIs. His hustle on the bases and in the outfield has made him a favorite among Astros fans.

The 2009 Heart and Hustle Award will be presented at the Legends for Youth Dinner on Nov. 6 in New York. This year will mark the fifth time the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association has given the award. Each team selects a recipient before the overall winner is announced.

Craig Biggio of the Astros won the award in 2006 and '07, and Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore won it last season.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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