Shields awaits Cy Young vote
Rays right-hander James Shields is set for a top-five finish when the American League Cy Young Award is announced today at 2 p.m. by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander is a lock to win the award after his 24-win season, but Shields could land in the top three after a bounce-back season in which he racked up a career-high 16 wins and a major-league best 11 complete games. If Shields is in the top five, his option for 2012 increases to $8 million. Angels right-hander Jered Weaver and Yankees lefty CC Sabathia will also be among the finalists.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer