Ker­shaw, Scherzer earn Cy Young hon­ors

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NEW YORK | Clay­ton Ker­shaw of the Los An­ge­les Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers have won base­ball’s Cy Young awards.

Ker­shaw won the prize as the Na­tional League’s best pitcher for the sec­ond time in three sea­sons af­ter lead­ing the ma­jors with a 1.83 ERA.

The 25-year-old lefty with a big-break­ing curve drew 29 of 30 first-place votes from mem­bers of the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica in re­sults re­leased Wednes­day. Adam Wain­wright of the St. Louis Car­di­nals was picked first on one bal­lot.

Ker­shaw went 16-9 and topped the NL with 232 strike­outs. He won the NL Cy Young in 2011 and fin­ished sec­ond last year.

Wain­wright placed sec­ond, fol­lowed by NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fer­nan­dez of the Mi­ami Mar­lins.

Ker­shaw is the ninth NL pitcher and 17th over­all to win mul­ti­ple Cy Youngs, and his was the 10th win for a Dodgers pitcher dat­ing back to Brook­lyn’s Don New­combe tak­ing the first NL honor in 1956.

Scherzer won the AL honor af­ter lead­ing the ma­jors in wins while go­ing 21-3. He re­ceived 28 of 30 first-place votes.

Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers was sec­ond in AL vot­ing, mark­ing the high­est fin­ish by a Ja­panese-born pitcher in Cy Young vot­ing. Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seat­tle Mariners came in third.

The 29-year-old Scherzer won his first 13 de­ci­sions of the sea­son and was the Amer­i­can League starter in the All-Star game.

Scherzer helped pitch the Tigers to their third straight AL Cen­tral ti­tle. He was joined in a deep ro­ta­tion by Justin Ver­lan­der, the 2011 AL Cy Young Award win­ner, Ani­bal Sanchez and Doug Fis­ter.

Scherzer went 16-7 last year, then added a curve­ball to an im­pres­sive reper­toire that al­ready in­cluded a hard fast­ball, slider and changeup.

Vot­ing for the award was done be­fore the play­offs be­gan. Scherzer twice beat Oak­land in the AL divi­sion series, then went 0-1 in two starts against Bos­ton in the AL cham­pi­onship series — he was pulled both times with the Tigers ahead. words for the New York Mets, and they were far from kind. And he also backed the Tampa Bay Rays’ de­sire for a new ball­park.

On the third day of the gen­eral man­agers’ meet­ings, the base­ball agent with the high­est pro­file stood in the ho­tel lobby for a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion that gath­ered an amount of me­dia so large that ho­tel se­cu­rity told him to move to a re­mote cor­ri­dor.

Bo­ras wants to goad teams into spend­ing more on free agents. When he fo­cused on the Mets, he pointed out their con­cen­tra­tion on cap­tain David Wright and young pitch­ers such as Matt Har­vey — his client — and Zack Wheeler.

“The Mets are like NASA,” Bo­ras said. “They have big rock­ets, a lot of plat­forms and very few astro­nauts. Astro­nauts are hard to find. They’ve got one guy with the ‘Wright’ stuff, that’s for sure. And they’ve got a lot of Arm-strongs, too. But they’re cer­tainly a club that I’m sure that’s in pur­suit of a higher level of tal­ent.”

Bo­ras has been step­ping up his crit­i­cism of large-mar­ket teams lack­ing lofty pay­rolls. Fol­low­ing the col­lapse of Bernard Mad­off Ponzi’s scheme, the Mets have cut pay­roll by about one-third over the past two sea­sons and were 17th at about $95 mil­lion in the lat­est 2013 fig­ures.

Mets gen­eral man­ager Sandy Alder­son re­sponded in a low-key man­ner: “I don’t think his in­ter­ga­lac­tic metaphor is ex­actly right.”

Asked what was in­cor­rect, Alder­son said: “I’m not sure be­cause I’ve first got to un­der­stand it.”

Bo­ras com­pared the Tampa Bay Rays’ sit­u­a­tion to Charles Dick­ens’ “Tale of Two Cities,” say­ing there was “the one they’re in and the one they should be in.” The Rays re­peat­edly have said Trop­i­cana Field in St. Peters­burg is in­ad­e­quate, and they drew a ma­jor league-low 1.5 mil­lion at home de­spite reach­ing the play­offs for the fourth time in six years.


Dodgers ace Clay­ton Ker­shaw won his sec­ond Cy Young Award in three sea­sons, while the Tigers’ Max Scherzer (left) was named his league’s best pitcher for the first time.

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