Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown.
Verlander beat out Houston Astros teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes compared to 13 for Cole, who became a free agent after the season.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom won the NL prize for the second straight year. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes, becoming the 11th pitcher to win Cy Youngs in consecutive years. He and Verlander are the 20th and 21st players to win the award multiple times.
The previous repeat winner was Washington's Max Scherzer in 2016 and '17. Scherzer finished third this season, a slot behind the Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu.
The 36-year-old Verlander won his first Cy Young in 2011 with the Tigers, when he was also named MVP, and has since been a three-time runner-up.
Kaepernick gets workout
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be featured in a private workout Saturday arranged by the NFL and to be held in Atlanta. In a memo sent to all 32 teams Tuesday and obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the league alerted general managers, head coaches, and player personnel directors that there will be a workout and interview of Kaepernick at Atlanta Falcons headquarters. There will be a recording of the session made available to all clubs.
Kaepernick, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2016 with the 49ers, was at the center of protests about racial and social injustice, sparked when he knelt during the national anthem at games. In February, the league settled a grievance filed by Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid.
... Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson announced that coach Adam Gase's job is safe and he will remain the coach in 2020.
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Tennis: Rafael Nadal rallied to beat Daniil Medvedev 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4) and Stefanos Tsitsipas beat defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-2 in the ATP Finals.
College basketball: Marcus Santos-Silva had 17 points and 11 rebounds and VCU turned 26 turnovers by No. 23 LSU into 37 points in an 84-82 victory.