King Felix captures AL Cy Young

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning...

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto September 23, 2010. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

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NEW YORK -- Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez has been named the American League Cy Young Award winner by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

"It is a very emotional day for me," said Hernandez. "I'm very proud that I was able to accomplish this not only for myself, but for my family, my country and my team. I don't have the words to describe the way I feel."

Hernandez placed first on 21 of 28 ballots cast by two writers from each AL city, second on two, third on three, and fourth and fifth on two others for a total of 167 points, as he became the second Mariner to win this award and the first since Randy Johnson in 1995.

This year the BBWAA 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.

Tampa lefty David Price finished second with 111 points, placing first on four ballots, second on 15, third on seven and fourth on another. New York's CC Sabathia received the other three first-place votes and finished a distant third with 102 points.

Hernandez, whose 13 wins mark the lowest for any winner in either league among starting pitchers in a full season and matched the lowest for a winning starter in any season, and Sabathia were the only pitchers named on every ballot.

Despite a pedestrian 13-12 mark for the 101-loss Mariners, Hernandez was dynamite this past season, pitching to a major league-best 2.27 ERA in an AL- high 249 2/3 innings. The most telling stat -- in his 12 losses, the Mariners produced only seven runs when he was on the mound.

The Venezuelan, who was the runner-up to Kansas City's Zack Greinke for this award last season, also finished the year strong, as he allowed eight earned runs over his last 10 trips to the hill.

"We are all proud of Felix for achieving this tremendous honor," said Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik. "He is the ultimate competitor and a great teammate, I know I speak for our entire organization, our fans and the entire Northwest when I say that this is honor that is well deserved."

Hernandez's win total, which was three less than Greinke had in 2009, also equaled the figure that 1981 NL winner Fernando Valenzuela had when he was 13-7 for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a season that was interrupted for 50 days by a strike.

Boston's Jon Lester (33 points) and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim righty Jered Weaver (24 points) rounded out the top-five. In total, 12 pitchers received votes.


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