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Scherzer, Kluber run away with Cy Young Awards

  • FILE - At left is a Sept. 19, 2017, file photo showing Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer working against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game in Atlanta. At right is Scherzer in a 2017 file photo. Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw duel for the NL Cy Young Award while Corey Kluber and Chris Sale top the candidates for the AL prize. The Cy Young Awards are announced Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber, right, and catcher Yan Gomes celebrate the team's 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game in Cleveland. Kluber has easily won his second American League Cy Young Award. Kluber got 28 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The honor was announced Wednesday, Nov. 15, on MLB Network. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File) Ron Schwane

  • FILE - At left, in a July 9, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Cleveland. At right is a 2017 file photo showing Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber. Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw duel for the NL Cy Young Award while Corey Kluber and Chris Sale top the candidates for the AL prize. The Cy Young Awards are announced Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/File)



Associated Press
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals coasted to his third Cy Young Award, winning Wednesday for the second straight year in the National League.

Scherzer breezed past Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, drawing 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Scherzer earned the NL honor last year with Washington and the 2013 American League prize with Detroit. He became the 10th pitcher with at least three Cy Youngs.

Scherzer was 16-6 with a career-best 2.51 ERA. The 33-year-old righty struck out a league-leading 268 for the NL East champion Nationals.

Kershaw has already won three NL Cy Youngs, and was the last pitcher to win back-to-back. He was 18-4 with a league-best 2.31 ERA and 202 strikeouts.

Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians easily won his second AL Cy Young Award earlier in the day. He got 28 of the 30 first-place votes, with Boston’s Chris Sale second and Luis Severino of the New York Yankees third.

Kluber led the majors with a 2.25 ERA and his 18 wins tied for the most in baseball. He added to the Cy Young he won with the Indians in 2014.

Kluber and Scherzer both had rough outings in the playoffs. Voting for the awards was completed before the postseason began.

Sale topped the majors with 308 strikeouts — he was the first AL pitcher to fan 300 since Pedro Martinez in 1999. Sale went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA.