Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Cys to Scherzer, Kershaw

NEW YORK — Max Scherzer did most everything on the mound this season: led the majors in wins, started the All-Star Game, helped put his team in the playoffs.

Now, the newly minted AL Cy Young Award winner said he will "wait and see" whether he's returning to the Tigers next year.

Scherzer went 21-3 and was an easy pick Wednesday as the American League's top pitcher, drawing 28 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw won the NL Cy Young Award for the second time in three seasons, coming within one vote of a unanimous selection.

Scherzer, like Kershaw, can become a free agent after the 2014 season, and the Tigers are trying to figure out if they can afford him along with all their other stars such as Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander. That has prompted talk that they might trade Scherzer before opening day.

"I love it here in Detroit," Scherzer said on a conference call. "Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

"The business side will take care of itself. It really depends on what Detroit wants to do."

Scherzer and agent Scott Boras said they're open to talking to the Tigers about an extension.

Scherzer lost only three times this season and was baseball's lone 20-game winner. He ranked second in the majors with 240 strikeouts and was fifth in the AL with a 2.90 ERA.

The 29-year-old right-hander smiled and raised both arms when the Cy Young results were announced.

"It's unbelievable. It just vindicates everything I've done," Scherzer said, acknowledging that the run support he received probably helped his candidacy.

"I've been working so hard all these years to get better and better. I think I took a big step forward in 2013."

Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish was second, the highest finish ever by a Japanese-born pitcher. Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma came in third.

Kershaw, 25, won his second prize as the NL's best pitcher after posting a 1.83 ERA, lowest in the majors in 13 years. He also won the award in 2011.

"This is such a cool thing. I can't even explain what it means to me," he said in an interview on MLB Network. "It really is a huge honor."

The lefty with a big-breaking curve drew 29 of 30 first-place votes. Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright was first on one ballot and finished second.

Around the majors

A-ROD SAGA: Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to be interviewed Friday by Major League Baseball as a prelude to his testifying at the appeal of his 211-game suspension in the Biogenesis probe, Newsday reported.

A'S: Infielder Nick Punto agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

GIANTS: The team requested medical records on right-hander Jason Hammel, a former Ray who spent the past two seasons with the Orioles.

RED SOX: Second baseman Dustin Pedroia is expected to be ready for the March 31 season opener after having left thumb surgery.

Times ballot

Times staff writer Joe Smith's AL Cy Young Award ballot:

1. Max Scherzer, Tigers

2. Yu Darvish, Rangers

3. Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners

4. Anibal Sanchez, Tigers

5. Chris Sale, White Sox

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