November 8, 2005

Angels’ Colon wins American League Cy Young Award

SALVO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Los Angeles Angels
right-hander Bartolo Colon won the American League's Cy Young
Award for the top pitcher on Tuesday.

Colon, the league's only 20-game winner, received 17
first-place votes and 118 total points to become the Angels'
first Cy Young winner since Dean Chance in 1964.

He was the only pitcher named on all 28 ballots in voting
by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The award, named in honor of the only pitcher in the first
100 years of Major League Baseball to win 500 games, goes to
the top pitcher in each league. The National League honor will
be announced on Thursday.

New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera finished second
with eight first-place votes and 68 points. Minnesota Twins
left-hander Johan Santana, last year's winner, was third with
51 points.

Colon, a 32-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, won
a career-high 21 games against eight losses. He had a 3.48
earned run average, the league's eighth best.

He strained the back of his right shoulder in the fifth
game of the AL Division Series with the New York Yankees last
month and did not play again this year.

The Angels beat the Yankees but were eliminated by eventual
World Series champion Chicago White Sox in the American League
championship series.