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Scherzer, Kershaw tabbed as Cy Young award winners

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Clayton Kershaw came within one vote of perfection in winning the National League Cy Young Award as best pitcher of the season, and Max Scherzer was one step behind him in claiming American League honors on Wednesday.

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Kershaw, who led Major League Baseball with a 1.83 earned run average in going 16-9 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, received 29 of the 30 first-place votes cast.

“This is such a cool thing,” Kershaw said. “It’s awesome. It really is a huge honor.”

Scherzer enjoyed a breakout season for the AL Central champion Tigers after years of promise.

The 29-year-old Scherzer mastered control of his breaking pitch and locked in the mechancis of his delivery to register consistent success in 2013.

“I can’t say enough about my teammates for busting their butts every single day and fighting on defense, and getting those extra runs for me because I think that really helped my candidacy,” said Scherzer, who was the only 20-game winner in the majors.

Scherzer received 28 first-place votes of the 30 cast.

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