Verlander named AL Cy Young recipient

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Verlander named AL Cy Young recipient

NEW YORK - Detroit ace Justin Verlander won the American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, a unanimous selection after he achieved pitching’s version of the triple crown.

Verlander led Major League Baseball in wins with a 24-5 record. He also led the majors with 250 strikeouts and his 2.40 earned run average was the best among eligible American League hurlers.

Verlander received all 28 first-place votes in balloting of members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for the award to honor the American League’s top pitcher.

Verlander had 196 points in the vote while Jared Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels, who went 18-8 with an ERA of 2.41 and was the only other pitcher listed on every ballot, was second with 97 points.

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