David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays won the Cy Young Award as the American League’s top pitcher this season after leading the league in earned run average and tying for the league lead with 20 wins.
Price, 27, a left-hander, had an ERA of 2.56 and posted a 20-5 record while being selected as an All-Star for the third straight season.
Price won the award with 153 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, who won the award last year, was second with 149 votes.
The four-point differential is the closest of any election since ballots permitted voting for more than one pitcher in 1970, the BBWAA said on its website.
Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels was third in the voting with 70 points.
The National League Cy Young Award winner will be announced later today from among finalists R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets, Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals and Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The last of the BBWAA’s annual awards will be announced tomorrow when the Most Valuable Players in the AL and NL are revealed.