The outstanding season by the Orioles’ Jim Johnson was recognized in the Cy Young Award voting. Johnson, who set an Orioles’ team record with 51 saves, got a fourth-place and three fifth-place votes. He finished seventh.
David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays won the award edging out last year’s winner, Detroit’s Justin Verlander by four points, 153-149.
The Angels’ Jered Weaver came in third and Seattle’s Felix Hernandez was fourth.
Fernando Rodney, the Rays’ closer, got a first place vote and was fifth. Chicago’s Chris Sale was sixth.
In his first year as a closer, Johnson saved a major league-leading 51 games in 54 chances. He easily surpassed the team’s previous record of 45 saves set by Randy Myers in 1997. Johnson was 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA in 71 games.
Johnson allowed just 55 hits and three home runs in 68 2/3 innings