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This is the second career Cy Young for Kluber
Mike Axisa, www.cbssports.com,
Wednesday night, MLB and the Baseball Writers Association of American announced Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber has won the 2017 American League Cy Young Award. Red Sox lefty Chris Sale finished second in the voting and Yankees righty Luis Severino finished third.
This is the second career Cy Young for Kluber, who won the award back in 2014. He also finished third in the voting last season. Also, this is the fourth time in the past 11 seasons an Indians pitcher has won the AL Cy Young. CC Sabathia won in 2007, Cliff Lee won in 2008, and Kluber won in 2014 and 2017.
It’s the first time since Joe Mauer won as a catcher in 2010 that any Minnesota player earned a Gold Glove, and the first time in a decade, since Torii Hunter and Johan Santana were honored in their final season here, that a pair of Twins won in the same year.
“For Byron, it’s recognition of what we all saw this year, the emergence of an elite defender,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “And for Brian to be recognized, I’m really happy for him. There have been a lot of great second baseman out there, so it hasn’t been easy for him to jump up and be recognized as someone who can make the high-end plays with anybody.”
WCVB5, BOSTON —Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award.
The announcement was made by Major League Baseball Monday during the unveiling of the finalists for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s honors.
Sale was lights-out for much of the regular season, finishing with a 17-8 record, 2.90 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He struck out 308 batters, which was the most strikeouts thrown by a pitcher this season.
CLEVELAND – Corey Kluber may soon be able to be referred to as ‘Cy Kluber’ once again.
The Indians right-hander has been named as one of three finalists for the 2017 American League’s Cy Young Award. Kluber, who won the award in 2014, put together a dominant regular season as he finished 18-4 with a 2.25 earned run average.
Kluber’s 18 wins tied for the most in the American League. His 2.25 ERA was easily the lowest in the AL, while his 265 strikeouts were second only to Boston’s Chris Sale. (Keep in mind, injuries kept Kluber to only 29 starts in 2017).
by Benjamin Chase
Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton won some well-deserved hardware on Monday when he was selected for a Fielding Bible Award
Multiple Minnesota Twins players will likely hear their names announced as winners of awards as the postseason comes to a close, but the first major one came on Monday as Byron Buxton won the Fielding Bible Award for center field.
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BALTIMORE — Chris Sale was at his very best — right down to his momentous last pitch — in another meaningful victory for the Red Sox.
Sale struck out 13 to become the first AL pitcher in 18 years to reach the 300 mark, and the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth hours after beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.
Boston (88-64) was assured at least a wild card and its second consecutive trip to the postseason when the Angels lost 6-5 to the Indians. Of course, the Red Sox are looking for much more than that. They lead the AL East by three games over the rival Yankees with 10 to play as Boston pursues its third division title in five years.
“Given where we are in the standings and what is at stake, every win is important,” manager John Farrell said. “Just getting into the playoffs is not our goal.”
Sale (17-7) reached the milestone on his 111th and final pitch, a called third strike against Ryan Flaherty to end the eighth inning. The last AL pitcher to fan 300 batters in a season was Boston’s Pedro Martinez in 1999, when he set a club record with 313.
Farrell sent Sale back out for the eighth inning to give him a shot at getting No. 300.
Thing is, the left-hander had no idea he was at 299 when the inning started.
“No, I didn’t,” Sale said. “I went out there and struck out the last guy and everyone started losing it. I knew I was close, but I didn’t know I needed just one more.”
Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero homered for the Red Sox.
The race for most valuable player is typically headlined by a position player among the top of the leader board in one or more of the Triple Crown categories (average, home runs and RBI). But every once in a while, a pitcher comes along and throws a wrench into the works. This year, that pitcher is Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox.
Sale is in the midst of a monster season. The 28-year-old ace is setting career highs in strike out percentage (36.5 percent of batters faced, a major league high), WHIP (0.880), OPS against (0.545) and ERA (2.57, lowest in the AL). In fact, his ERA might actually be higher than it should be.
According to FIP, which measures what a player’s ERA would look like over a given period of time if the pitcher were to have experienced league average results on balls in play and league average timing, Sale’s ERA should be 1.98, the lowest mark compared with the league average since Pedro Martinez had a 1.39 FIP for the Red Sox in 1999.
Sale is buzzing through the league with four pitches in his arsenal — a four-seam fastball, a sinker, a slider and change-up — with the fastball and slider accounting for 213 of his major league leading 229 strikeoutsthis season. His 15 games with 10 strikeouts or more this year are not only a major league best in 2017, only Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan had more games with double-digit strikeouts than Sale at this point of the season.
Center fielder Byron Buxton winner of Heart and Hustle Award. A speedy outfielder, Buxton is in his third Major League season and is receiving his first career Heart and Hustle Award. The number one ranked prospect in all of baseball prior to the 2014 season, Buxton has proved to be an exciting player since entering the big leagues with the Twins in 2015. The award is being presented by Hall of Famer, 1993 World Series MVP and current Minnesota Twins manager, Paul Molitor. In 21 Major League seasons, Molitor was a seven-time All-Star, collected 3,319 hits and won four Silver Slugger Awards.