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MLB: Johan Santana Wins AL Cy Young Award


In Major League Baseball, Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana has won the American League Cy Young Award for pitching excellence for the second time in his career.

Santana received all 28 first-place votes and a perfect total of 140 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Chien-Ming Wang of the New York Yankees finished second, with 15 second-placed votes and 51 points. Toronto's Roy Halladay was third.

Santana won 19 games and lost six with a 2.77 earned run average, per nine innings pitched and 245 strikeouts in the regular season. He helped lead Minnesota to the American League Central division title.

The 27-year-old Santana was also a unanimous winner in 2004 when he had 20 wins. He is the fourth pitcher in the history of baseball to win the Cy Young unanimously twice. Arizona's Brandon Webb won the National League Cy Young award on Tuesday.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.