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MLB: Carpenter Gets Cy Young Award as NL's Best Pitcher

Major League Baseball's Cy Young Award for the National League's top pitcher goes to Chris Carpenter of the Saint Louis Cardinals.

Carpenter won 21 games and lost five this year as a starter for Saint Louis. He received 19 of 32 first-place votes and finished with 132 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The award was doubly sweet for Carpenter, who had shoulder surgery in 2002 and missed the entire 2003 season as he recovered from the operation. He underwent a second surgery to remove scar tissue and injured his biceps in 2004.

Florida Marlins' left-handed pitcher Dontrell Willis was second in the voting with 112 points, receiving 11 first-place votes. Seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens of Houston was third.

Earlier this week, Los Angeles Angels' pitcher Bartolo Colon won the American League Cy Young. The awards are based on regular season performance and do not include the playoffs.

Some information for this report provided by AP.