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Indians’ Corey Kluber And Nats’ Max Scherzer Named Cy Young Award Winners

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Wednesday was the third night of MLB Network’s presentations of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Awards, as both leagues’ Cy Young Award winners were announced.

For the American League, Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians took home the honor for the second time in his career (2014), beating runner-up Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox.

Kluber was 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA in 29 games/starts, including five complete games and three shutouts. In his first six starts, Kluber posted a 5.06 ERA before getting shut down for a month. He returned on June 1, and went 15-2 with a 1.62 ERA to close out the year (1.42 ERA in 12 August/September starts).

For much of the season, it seemed that Sale was the favorite to win. Especially because his strikeout totals were off the charts all year. However, his performance significantly dipped in the final two months, as his ERA rose from 2.37 to 2.90. Overall, Sale was 17-8 with 308 strikeouts in 32 starts.

Luis Severino of the New York Yankees finished third in the voting after a very solid year that saw him go 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 31 games/starts.

Representing the National League, Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals won for the second straight year and third time overall (2013 AL winner for Detroit Tigers). In 31 games/starts, Scherzer went 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA. Additionally, his 268 strikeouts, 0.90 WHIP, and .178 BAA were all tops in the league.

Scherzer beat runner-up Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and teammate Stephen Strasburg who finished third. Kershaw was 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA in 27 games/starts, and Strasburg was 15-4 with a 2.52 ERA in 28 games/starts.

There you have it, your 2017 MLB Cy Young winners- and our picks here at HR Daily proved to turn out to be true.

Stay tuned for the final night of the BBWAA Awards on Thursday, as the Most Valuable Player for both leagues will be presented!

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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