Rays' Price honored as top southpaw in the majors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tampa Bay's David Price was named Tuesday the winner of the Warren Spahn Award as the top left-handed pitcher in the major leagues last season.

The award is based on a pitcher's wins, strikeouts and earned run average. Price had 19 victories, 188 strikeouts and a 2.72 ERA last year.

"I am honored," Price (19-6) told baseball's official website (www.mlb.com). "To be included in a group with the past winners -- CC Sabathia, Randy Johnson and others -- is very exciting."

Hall of Famer Spahn, who died in 2003, holds the major league record for victories by a left-hander with 363.

The 25-year-old Price, who has a 29-13 record during his three years in the majors, will be presented the award on January 20 in Oklahoma City.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry, editing by Steve Ginsburg)