Phillies' Halladay nabs NL Cy Young

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay throws against the San Francisco Giants in the...

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco, October 21, 2010. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

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NEW YORK - Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay was a unanimous selection on Tuesday as the National League Cy Young Award winner.

Halladay became the 13th unanimous choice in the NL, as he placed first on all 32 ballots cast by two writers from each NL city to finish with 224 points, 102 ahead of St. Louis' Adam Wainwright, making him the fifth different pitcher to be honored in both leagues.

This year the Baseball Writers' Association of America expanded the ballot to five pitchers, meaning the total was based on a tabulation system that rewards seven points for first place, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth.

The 33-year-old Halladay, who was the AL's Cy Young Award winner while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003, joins Gaylord Perry, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers to win the award in both leagues.

Halladay, the first unanimous selection since San Diego's Jake Peavy in 2007, is also the fourth different Phillie to be honored and the first since Steve Bedrosian in 1987. Steve Carlton was a four-time winner for the Phils, while John Denny took home the honor in 1983.

Halladay, who was acquired by Philadelphia from Toronto last winter, led the majors in wins (21), shutouts (4), complete games (9) and innings pitched (250 2/3). He also finished second in the NL with 219 strikeouts and was third with a 2.44 ERA -- the second lowest of his 13-year big league career (2.41 in 2005).

Against the NL East, Halladay posted a 14-1 record in 15 starts, which were the most wins by any pitcher in a single season since the league was broken into three divisions in 1994. He went 21-10 overall.

Halladay's regular season was highlighted by a perfect game in Florida on May 29. Of course, he tossed the second no-hitter in postseason history as well, but the voting took place before the playoffs started.

Wainwright totaled 122 points, as he finished second on 28 ballots, third on three and fifth on another. Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez finished a distant third with 90 points, as he received four second place votes, 19 thirds, eight fourths and fifth.

Wainwright won 20 games and pitched to a lower ERA than Halladay at 2.42. However, he struggled in the second half, going just 7-6 in 14 starts after the All-Star break.

Jimenez, who ended the year 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA, also tailed off dramatically in the second half. After winning 15 games with a no-hitter in the first half, Jimenez managed just a 4-7 mark after the All-Star break, while pitching to a 3.80 ERA.

Atlanta's Tim Hudson (17-9, 2.83 ERA) and Josh Johnson (11-6, 2.30 ERA) of the Florida Marlins rounded out the top five.

In all, 13 pitchers received votes.


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