Rick Porcello won the American League Cy Young Award. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)
For the first time since Pedro Martinez in 2000, the Red Sox have a Cy Young Award winner.
Announced Wednesday night, Rick Porcello won the 2016 AL Cy Young Award. Porcello barely beat out Justin Verlander as Porcello had 137 points and Verlander had 132.
The five-point differential is the second closest of any election since ballots permitted voting for more than one pitcher in 1970. Verlander had more first place votes, 14-8.
Porcello went 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA, while striking out 189. The right-hander was exceptional at home as he went 13-1 with a 2.97 ERA at Fenway Park.
It is the seventh time a Red Sox pitcher has won the award. It’s worth mentioning the award is voted on before the postseason.
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