Cliff Lee wins AL Cy Young Award

Nov. 13, 2008 at 3:14 PM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Cleveland Indians left-hander Cliff Lee was the winner of the American League Cy Young Award announced Thursday afternoon.

With 132 overall points, the southpaw, a seven-year veteran, easily out-polled Toronto right-hander Roy Halladay (71 points) and Los Angeles Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez (32 points).

Despite Cleveland's disappointing 81-81 mark in the 2008 season, Lee, 29, compiled a 22-3 record with an AL-leading 2.54 ERA. His 22 wins equaled Arizona's Brandon Webb, who was the National League's runner-up for the Cy Young Award to San Francisco's Tim Lincecum on Tuesday.

Over 223 1/3 innings, he walked 34 batters, struck out 170, and surrendered only 12 home runs.

"Even if I had won every start, I don't know if I'd be satisfied," Lee told near the end of the 2008 season. "There's always something you can do better. I don't know how to explain it other than that. It's just the way I am, I guess."

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