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ALCy Young Winner
NEW YORK--Willie Hernandez, whose near-perfect relief pitching played a major role in the Detroit Tigers drive to the World Series championship, yesterday was named the winner of the American League Cy Young Award as the league's best pitcher.
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The Puerto Rican left-hander, who joined the Tigers in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies just before the 1984 season, had 32 saves in 33 save opportunities, five more saves than he had in a mediocore seven-year career in the National League.
He combined that with a 9-3 won-lost record and a 1.92 earned run average as the Tigers coasted to the AL East crown, then went on to win the playoffs over Kansas City and World Series over San Diego. Hernandez saved the third and deciding game of the playoffs, then added two more saves in the World Series, in which he had a 1.69 ERA. The voting was based on regular-season performances.
Hernandez, who will turn 30 on Nov. 14, had 12 of the 28 possible first-place votes and 88 total points to edge another relief pitcher, Kansas City's Dan Quisenberry, in the balloting by two baseball writers from each of the 14 American League cities. Quisenberry, who had a 6-3 record, a 2.64 ERA and 44 saves as the Royals won the AL West, had nine first place votes and 71 total points.
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