Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notes: Scherzer, Kluber Win Cy Young Honors

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notes: Scherzer, Kluber Win Cy Young Honors

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Max Scherzer heard his name and thrust his arms in the air, shouting and smiling big before turning to kiss his wife.

Corey Kluber, on the other hand, gulped once and blinked.

Two aces, two different styles and now another Cy Young Award for each.

The animated Scherzer of the Washington Nationals coasted to his third Cy Young, winning Wednesday for the second straight year in the National League. He breezed by Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw, drawing 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Kluber's win was even more of a runaway. The Cleveland ace took 28 first-place votes, easily outpacing Chris Sale of Boston for his second American League Cy Young honor.

Scherzer, who is from Parkway Central High and the University of Missouri, yelled "yes!" when his award was announced on MLB Network, a reaction in keeping with his expressive reputation. He showed that intensity often this year, whether he was cursing under his breath like a madman during his delivery or demanding also with expletives that manager Dusty Baker leave him in the game.

Just a little different than Kluber, who was stoic as ever when announced as the AL winner. He swallowed hard but otherwise didn't react, only showing the hint of a smile moments later when answering questions.

Not that he wasn't thrilled.

"Winning a second one maybe, for me personally, kind of validates the first one," Kluber said.

Scherzer's win moves him into rare company. He's the 10th pitcher with at least three Cy Youngs and among the other nine, only Kershaw, Roger Clemens and Roy Halladay aren't in the Hall of Fame Kershaw and Halladay aren't yet eligible.

"That's why I'm drinking a lot of champagne," Scherzer said.

He earned the NL honor last year with Washington and the 2013 AL prize with Detroit.

"This one is special," he said. "When you start talking about winning three times, I can't even comprehend it at this point. …

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