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Price wins AL Cy Young Award

UPDATE, 7:06: Price was legitimately nervous leading up to the announcement and genuinely thrilled when he won.

"It means a ton,'' Price said. "I wanted it very bad.''

Price said he tried to treat it like a normal day, playing video games until early afternoon, getting a haircut and lunch and then heading over to the Trop.

Asked about his future with the Rays, Price said he hopes to stay but also knows it's part of the business that he might not be able to.

BREAKING: Rays LHP David Price won the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday.

"My legs are shaking right now,'' Price said on his MLB Network interview. "I'm extremely happy.''

It was the closest vote, aside from a 1969 tie, as Price won by four points total. Price has 14 first place votes and Justin Verlander got 13.

Rays closer Fernando Rodney finished fifth, with one first place vote.

Price, 27, was at Tropicana Field for the announcement.

He is the first Rays player to win the award, considered second only to the MVP award in significance. Joe Maddon has won two AL Manager of the Year awards, and Evan Longoria and Jeremy Hellickson have been Rookies of the Year.

Price had solid credentials, a 2.56 ERA that was best in the AL and second in the majors, and a 20-5 record, matching Los Angeles' Jered Weaver for most wins in the league.

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Posted by Marc Topkin at 6:28:45 pm on November 14, 2012