NEW YORK — Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers won baseball’s Cy Young Awards.
Kershaw won the prize as the National League’s best pitcher for the second time in three seasons after leading the majors with a 1.83 ERA.
The 25-year-old lefty with a big-breaking curve drew 29 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in results released Wednesday. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals was picked first on one ballot.
Kershaw went 16-9 and topped the NL with 232 strikeouts. He won the NL Cy Young in 2011 and finished second last year.
Scherzer won the AL honor after leading the majors in wins while going 21-3. He received 28 of 30 first-place votes.
Details of a financing plan haven’t been made public yet, but Cobb County leaders say the benefits of luring the Braves away from Atlanta are worth any potential financial risk.
Brooks Mathis is an executive with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce who helped negotiate the deal for a new baseball stadium about 10 miles north of the current stadium in downtown Atlanta.
Mathis says the people of Cobb County will see “huge benefits for many, many years to come.”
Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed told a news conference Tuesday that while he wanted to keep the Braves in Atlanta, he could not accept a deal that required the city to incur $150 million to $250 million in debt for improvements at Turner Field.
Marlon Byrd’s steroids suspension two years ago didn’t stop Philadelphia from giving the outfielder a big contract.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says “unfortunately, it’s part of the game and, hopefully, it’s getting itself eliminated.”
At the time of his suspension, Byrd said he mistakenly used medication for a recurrence of a condition that earlier required surgery.
He says he did not use it for performance enhancement.
Byrd’s agreement calls for $8 million in each of the next two seasons and includes an $8 million team option for 2016. The option would become guaranteed if he has 1,100 at-bats in the next two seasons, including at least 550 in 2015, or 600 at-bats in 2015.
Dodgers pitcher Onelki Garcia had left elbow surgery in a clean-out procedure that included removing a spur.
The team said Tuesday that Garcia had the surgery last Friday in Los Angeles.
Garcia’s rehab is underway and he’s expected to be throwing in five to six weeks. The team says he should be able to pitch by the start of the regular season in late March.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had surgery on his left thumb Wednesday. The operation to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb was performed by Dr. Donald Sheridan in Scottsdale, Ariz. The team said it was a success.
Pedroia hurt his hand diving into first base on opening day and played the rest of the season with the injury.
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 17: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses during Photo Day on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Clayton Kershaw×