NEW YORK (AP) – Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell has won his first AL Cy Young Award in a close vote with past winners Justin Verlander of Houston and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber. Snell got 17 first-place votes and 169 points in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America after leading the majors with 21 wins and pacing the AL with a 1.89 ERA. Verlander received 13 first-place votes and 154 points, while Kluber had 71 points.
NEW YORK (AP) – Jacob deGrom is the runaway winner of the NL Cy Young Award after leading the majors with a 1.70 ERA last season. The New York Mets ace also struck out 269 over 217 innings and went 10-9, the fewest wins for a Cy Young-winning starter. DeGrom claimed 29 of 30 first-place votes and 207 points to outdistance Washington’s Max Scherzer, while Aaron Nola of Philadelphia finished third in the balloting.
BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have rewarded manager Alex Cora for winning a World Series in his first year as a major league skipper. Cora has received a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season and a club option for 2022. He guided the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 victories and the team’s fourth championship in 15 seasons.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will remain sidelined during their three-game swing through Texas, although he is traveling with the team. Curry has missed three games since injuring his left groin during a game against the Bucks on Nov. 8. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated in 10 days. The 30-year-old Curry is averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 49.2 percent from 3-point range.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco missed practice yesterday because of a hip injury, and his status for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati is uncertain. Flacco hurt his hip early in a 23-16 loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 4. He had the bye week to recover, but is still receiving treatment. If Flacco can’t go, coach John Harbaugh likely will turn to rookie Lamar Jackson.