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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blue Jay's Clemens Wins Record 4th AL Cy Young

NEW YORK -- The remarkable Roger Clemens became the first American League pitcher to win the Cy Young Award four times as the Toronto Blue Jays right-hander received 25 of a possible 28 first-place votes in claiming the honor.


Clemens, 35, in his first season with Toronto after dominating the league as the ace of the Boston Red Sox, totalled 134 points in the balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.


"It's a very special day," Clemens said Monday. "I'm very thankful to the guys around the league who thought I was deserving, the writers. I appreciate it."


Clemens won his first 11 starts this season and finished with a 21-7 record. Opponents batted just .213 against Clemens, who joined the National League's Steve Carlton and Greg Maddux as a four-time winner of the award given to each circuit's top pitcher.


"This fourth Cy Young will be put in a bright place. It's just very exciting for me at this stage of my career," Clemens said. "The guys played unbelievable defense behind me and they came to play every time I took the mound."


Seattle Mariners left-hander Randy Johnson, the 1995 winner, finished second with 77 points and two first-place votes. The other first-place vote went to Baltimore Orioles closer Randy Myers, who placed fourth with 14 points. Minnesota Twins starter Brad Radke was third with 17 points.


Clemens led the American League in wins (21), ERA (2.05) and strikeouts (292). He became the first AL hurler to complete pitching's "Triple Crown" since Hal Newhouser of Detroit in 1945.


Known as "The Rocket," for his blazing fastball, Clemens won his first three Cy Youngs with the Red Sox in 1986, 1987 and 1991.


"My game hasn't changed that much, I still draw on the same emotions and the same fire," Clemens said. "I've still got the dedication and respect for the game."