Cleveland left-hander Cliff Lee proved a runaway winner Thursday in balloting for the American League Cy Young Award. And, boy, the Royals sure won’t argue the selection.
Lee went 5-0 against the Royals in compiling his 22-3 mark, which included a league-leading 2.54 ERA. Wilbur Wood in 1971 and Nolan Ryan 1974 are the only other pitchers to post five victories in one season against the Royals.
“I’m tired of that guy,” Royals outfielder David DeJesus muttered after the fifth loss. Lee was plenty good against everyone else, too. He received 24 of 28 first-place votes for 132 of a possible 140 points. Toronto’s Roy Halladay received the other four first-place votes and finished second with 71 points.
The voting panel consisted of two members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America from each of the AL’s 14 cities. Players received five points for a first-place vote, three for a second-place vote and one for a third-place vote.
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Los Angeles reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who set a Major League record with 62 saves, finished third with 32 points.