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Cy Youngs go to Keuchel, Arrieta

NEW YORK — The Cubs' Jake Arrieta aced out Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw for the National League Cy Young Award, and Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel beat out former Rays lefty David Price for the American League honor Wednesday.

Keuchel got 22 first-place votes for 186 points from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Price drew eight first-place votes and 143 points for a season split between the Tigers and Blue Jays. The A's Sonny Gray finished third.

Keuchel, 27, helped Houston reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005. He posted a 2.48 ERA and had 216 strikeouts in a league-high 232 innings.

"It's something I definitely never expected," Keuchel said. "Just playing the game is good enough for me, and just to be in the same category as Sonny and David was special in its own right. But there's a number of pitchers I look up to, and it's something that hasn't sunk in. I don't think it will for some time."

Rays ace Chris Archer added to his impressive breakout season by finishing fifth, getting 10 fourth-place votes and nine for fifth.

Archer congratulated Keuchel on Twitter. "You're a humble human and I'm extremely excited for you," he wrote.

In what was expected to be a tighter NL race, Arrieta got 17 first-place votes for 169 points and Greinke 10 firsts and 147 points. Kershaw had the other three firsts and 101 points.

Arrieta, 29, had a 1.77 ERA, struck out 236 and pitched a no-hitter. He had a major-league-record 0.75 ERA after the All-Star break.

"I'm a little relieved, honestly, to finally know how it played out," Arrieta said. "I have to say thanks to all the guys I've continued to compete against year in and year out to try to take my game to the next level. … All the hard work's been worth it."

Papi's last swing

BOSTON — David Ortiz, Boston's beloved "Big Papi" who helped the Red Sox end years of disappointment and cursed out the bombers who attacked his adopted city, said he will play one more year before retiring.

On the day he turned 40, the Dominican designated hitter said in a video posted on the Players' Tribune website that the 2016 season will be his last.

"Life is based on different chapters, and I think I am ready to experience the next one in my life," he told his fans. "I wish I could play another 40 years so I could have you guys behind me, but it doesn't work that way. After this year, time is up. So let's enjoy the season."

Ortiz has led the Red Sox to three World Series titles.

TIGERS DEAL FOR CLOSER: The Tigers are turning to Francisco Rodriguez in their latest attempt to shore up the back end of their bullpen. Detroit acquired the right-hander in a trade with the Brewers, sending minor-league infielder Javier Betancourt and a player to be named to Milwaukee.

BLUE JAYS: Second baseman Devon Travis will likely miss the start of the 2016 season after having shoulder surgery.

AL Cy Young voting

How Tampa Bay Times staff writer Matt Baker voted:

1. Dallas Keuchel, Astros

2. David Price, Tigers/Blue Jays

3. Sonny Gray, Athletics

4. Chris Sale, White Sox

5. Chris Archer, Rays

Cy Youngs go to Keuchel, Arrieta 11/18/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 10:17pm]
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