Scherzer, Kershaw win Cy Young Awards
Max Scherzer did most everything on the mound this season — led the majors in wins, started the All-Star game, helped put his team in the playoffs. Now, the newly minted AL Cy Young Award winner said he will “wait and see” whether he’s returning to the Detroit Tigers next year.
Scherzer went 21-3 and was an easy pick Wednesday as the American League’s top pitcher, drawing 28 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL Cy Young Award for the second time in three seasons, coming within one vote of a unanimous selection.
Scherzer — like Kershaw — can become a free agent after the 2014 season, and the Tigers are trying to figure out if they can afford him along with all their other stars.
Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers was second to Scherzer, marking the highest finish by a Japanese-born pitcher in Cy Young voting. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals was picked first on one ballot and finished second in the NL.
Boardman’s Dickey earns all-OAC honors
The Ohio Athletic Conference has announced that Muskingum University sophomore Hailey Dickey (Boardman) has been named All-OAC Honorable Mention. Dickey, who started all 19 games for the Muskies, ended the season with a career-best five assists. She ranks seventh all-time at Muskingum with nine career assists.
This season, Dickey aided the offensive attack as a playmaker in the midfield and also helped anchor the Muskie defense from the sweeper position. Her strong play helped the Muskies to their most wins since 2001.
Mexico wins first leg 5-1 over New Zealand
Oribe Peralta scored twice and Mexico beat New Zealand 5-1 on Wednesday in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff to close in on a spot in the World Cup next year. Paul Aguilar put Mexico ahead in the 32nd minute, and Raul Jimenez made it 2-0 before the break. Peralta scored his first goal 3 minutes into the second half, collecting a cross from the left and slotting home a shot from 6 yards. He made it 4-0 with an 80th-minute header, and Rafael Marquez added scored in the 84th. Chris James scored a minute later for New Zealand.
The second leg is next Wednesday in Wellington, New Zealand.
Injured Dempsey, Johnson off US roster
Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson have been dropped from the U.S. roster for exhibition games at Scotland and Austria.
Dempsey strained his right calf during training Wednesday. The forward joined Seattle last summer from Tottenham. Johnson has been bothered by his right ankle, and the midfielder is traveling back to Hoffenheim, his club in the Germany Bundesliga.
The U.S. plays Scotland on Friday and Austria on Tuesday.
Local officials work state soccer finals
Five local officials from the Mahoning Valley Soccer Officials Association worked last weekend at Columbus Crew Stadium in the Ohio High School Athletic Association state championship games.
The five are Troy Adair of Cortland, Thom Sutcliffe of Poland, and David Anderson, Saki Atsas and Chris Freeborough, all of Boardman.
Source: A-Rod to have interview with MLB
Alex Rodriguez is tentatively scheduled for an investigatory interview with Major League Baseball on Friday in New York, according to a person familiar with the process, which would enable the New York Yankees third baseman to testify at his grievance next week.
The interview could be called off, the person said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
Staff reports/Associated Press