Tigers' Verlander Wins AL Cy Young Award in Unanimous Vote

DETROIT -- Detroit's Justin Verlander was named the unanimous winner of the American League Cy Young Award Tuesday after one of the most dominating seasons ever by a pitcher.

The 28-year-old garnered all the first-place votes from the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, with the Angels' Jered Weaver second and Tampa Bay's James Shields taking third.

Verlander becomes the ninth unanimous AL Cy Young winner since separate AL and NL awards were created in 1967.

Verlander stamped himself as the only choice for the AL Cy Young with a brilliant season, going 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA in 34 starts. He led the Tigers to the AL Central crown, posting 250 strikeouts in 251 innings.

He led the majors in wins, strikeouts, WHIP, and opponents' batting average, while topping the AL in ERA. He tossed the second no-hitter of his career on May 7 and flirted with several others over the course of the season.