BASEBALL: Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw wins Cy Young Award, first Dodgers starter since Orel Hershiser in 1988 and first by a Dodgers lefty since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981....
* MLB.com: "Kershaw is the winner of NL Cy Young Award" - "Dodgers lefty wins 21, pitching Triple Crown in third full season" - From MLB.com:
The first time Joe Torre saw Clayton Kershaw pitch, he compared him to Sandy Koufax. On Thursday, the talented young left-hander took his biggest step yet toward proving that comparison apt by winning the 2011 National League Cy Young Award.
The 23-year-old Texan received 27 of a possible 32 first-place votes and a points total of 207 in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Phillies teammates Roy Halladay (133) and Cliff Lee (90) were second and third, with Halladay picking up four first-place votes. The D-backs' Ian Kennedy, who appeared first on one ballot, placed fourth in the voting.
Kershaw's Cy Young is the 10th won by a Dodgers pitcher, the first since reliever Eric Gagne in 2003, the first by a Dodgers starter since Orel Hershiser in 1988 and first by a Dodgers lefty since Fernando Valenzuela in his 1981 rookie season.
The Cy Young caps a remarkable breakout season for Kershaw. . . . . . . . .
Kershaw, who earned $500,000 in 2011, is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time. The Dodgers are not likely to lock him up long-term because they control him for another three years and it would make financial sense to the club only if it were to buy up several years of his free agency. But with that would come the risk of making a long-term deal for a pitcher.
***ALSO, Los Angeles Times: "Clayton Kershaw wins N.L. Cy Young Award"