Cy Young Award
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is among the finalists for the NL Most Valuable Player and the Cy Young Award, in position to become the first NL player to sweep both honors since Bob Gibson in 1968.
Texas starter Yu Darvish may not win the AL Cy Young, but the Rangers’ ace is already among elite company in club history.
New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey capped a storybook 2012 season by being named the National League’s Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Tampa Bay Rays southpaw David Price capturing the honor in the American League when results were released on Wednesday.
Kershaw received 27 of 32 first-place votes, five seconds and two thirds for 207 points in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Thursday.
Seattle ace Felix Hernandez was forced out of the game when he took a line drive off his right forearm during the Rangers’ six-run fourth inning Saturday, and Texas used a patchwork lineup to beat the Mariners 7-3 one day after it clinched the AL West title.
American League MVP Josh Hamilton is set to start taking batting practice Friday, a month and a day after getting hurt.