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Max Scherzer named American League Cy Young Award winner

DETROIT- Max Scherzer was named the 2013 Cy Young Award Winner this evening in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He won the award with 28 first place votes, one second place vote, and one third place vote.

Scherzer, 29, is the first Tigers player to win the award since Justin Verlander in 2011, and just the fourth pitcher in franchise history, joining Verlander (2011), Guillermo Hernandez (1984), and Denny McLain (1968-69).  

He led the American League with 21 wins and an .875 winning percentage, while he was second with 240 strikeouts, 10.08 strikeouts per nine innings, 25 quality starts, and a .198 batting average against, fifth with a 2.90 ERA, and tied for fifth with 214.1 innings pitched.  

Scherzer established a franchise record, winning 13 straight decisions to begin the season as a starter. In addition, he became just the second pitcher in American League history to fan six-or-more batters in his first 18 outings to begin the season, joining Pedro Martinez who struck out six-or-more batters in 29 straight outings to begin the season in 2000. (Source: Elias Sports Bureau) 

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