Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Hentgen Edges Pettitte For AL Cy Young Award

Pat Hentgen of the Toronto Blue Jays became the first player from a Canadian team to win the Cy Young Award, edging Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

In matching the second-closest vote in the history of the American League Cy Young Award, Hentgen, 20-10 with a 3.22 ERA, received 16 first-place votes, nine seconds and three thirds for 110 points. Hentgen is 28 years old today. Pettitte, 21-8 with a 3.87 ERA, got 11 firsts, 16 seconds and one third for 104 points in balloting announced by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera earned the other first-place vote and finished third with 18 points. BASEBALL Cardinals Pick Up Option On Fossas The Cardinals exercised their option on relief pitcher Tony Fossas, 39. Fossas was 0-4 with a 2.68 ERA, tops among Cardinals relievers for the second consecutive season. He also was second on the staff in appearances with 65, working an inning or fewer in 57 of them. In two seasons with the Cardinals, he has a 2.15 ERA and has held lefthanded batters to a .209 average. * Luman Harris, who managed the Atlanta Braves to their first divisional title in 1969, died of diabetes Monday in Pell City, Ala. He was 81. Before becoming a manager, Mr. Harris pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1941 to 1946 and with the Senators in 1947. His career record in the big leagues was 35-63. FOOTBALL Wacker Resigns At Minnesota Jim Wacker, who took over the University of Minnesota football program five years ago, determined to lead the Gophers to the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl, resigned after losing six consecutive conference games. "For whatever reason, it didn't happen," he said at a news conference in Minneapolis. "But the main reason is the guy you're looking at." Wacker, occasionally in tears during a 45-minute conference, said his failure to resurrect Minnesota's football program was the "most disappointing thing, probably, in my entire life." The Golden Gophers are 3-6 this season after a perfect non-conference start. The past four Big Ten losses were by a combined score of 161-47. With two games remaining, Wacker is 15-38 since taking over in 1992. He will take a 13-game Big Ten losing streak into Saturday's game against Illinois, which fired Lou Tepper on Monday. * New Mexico State coach Jim Hess was fired just four years after leading the Aggies to their first winning season in 14 years. …

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