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Any baseball fan who saw the playoffs and the World Series won't agree with it, but Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia beat out Boston's Josh Beckett for the American League Cy Young Award. Of course, the voting takes place before the playoffs so Beckett's 4-0 record in the postseason wasn't a factor.

During the regular season, Sabathia was 19-7 with 3.21 ERA and 207 strikeouts. Just as impressive, he had the most innings pitched in the majors, 241. Beckett was 20-7 -- the first 20-win season in the majors since 2005 -- with a 3.27 ERA.  The Angels' John Lackey finished third in the voting. He was 19-9, had a 3.01 ERA and threw 224 innings.

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For a while, the Orioles' Erik Bedard was in Cy Young contention but an injury shut him down for the season in late August. He finished 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA and was fourth in strikeouts with 221.  He likely would have been the strikeout leader if he had gotten his starts in September. He was just 19 behind the pitcher who finished first in that category, the Padres' Jake Peavy, despite six fewer starts.

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