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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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