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Pence wins Heart and Hustle Award for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Right fielder Hunter Pence, an inspirational presence since he joined the team in a July 2012 trade, was named the Giants' recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award.

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association selects a nominee from each team and ultimately chooses a winner from among the 30 candidates who will be announced in November. The award recognizes a player's passion for the game and the way he embodies its values and tradition.

Pence gained attention, which he tried to deflect, by delivering motivational addresses to the team during last year's postseason.

"This is a tremendous honor and it's humbling to be considered for such an award," said Pence, who received his team award from community ambassador and former first baseman Will Clark before Wednesday's game.

Chris Haft is a reporter for
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