O’s closer Brit­ton not a Cy Young Award fi­nal­ist; Showal­ter in fi­nal three for Man­ager of the Year

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There wasn’t much more Ori­oles left-han­der Zach Brit­ton could do to make a case for this sea­son’s Amer­i­can League Cy Young Award. He was just short of per­fect, con­vert­ing all 47 save op­por­tu­ni­ties. But the game’s best closer in 2016 was not named Mon­day among the three fi­nal­ists.

Brit­ton had a mo­men­tous sea­son — his 0.54 ERA was the best in ma­jor league his­tory for a pitcher with at least 50 in­nings and he did not al­low an earned run over 43 straight ap­pear­ances, also a ma­jor league record — but the an­nounce­ment showed how dif­fi­cult it is for a re­liever to win the award.

The three fi­nal­ists are starters: Cleve­land right-han­der Corey Klu­ber, Bos­ton right-han­der Rick Por­cello and Detroit right-han­der Justin Ver­lan­der.

Man­ager Buck Showal­ter was named a fi­nal­ist for the AL Man­ager of the Year award along with the In­di­ans’ Terry Fran­cona and the Rangers’ Jeff Ban­nis­ter, who won it last year. Showal­ter won in 2014 af­ter guid­ing the Ori­oles to the AL East ti­tle and the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

— Ed­uardo A. Encina

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