Tim Lincecum won the National League Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin yesterday, taking home pitching's highest honor in his second major league season. The slender kid with the whirling windup joined Mike McCormick (1967) as the only San Francisco Giants pitchers to win a Cy Young Award. The right-hander, 24, received 23 of 32 first-place votes and 137 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks got four first-place votes and finished second with 73 points. Listed at 5 feet 11 and 160 pounds, Lincecum was 18-5 with a 2.62 ERA and a major league-best 265 strikeouts for a fourth-place team that finished 72-90. New York Mets ace Johan Santana also garnered four first-place votes and came in third. The other first-place vote went to Milwaukee Brewers left-hander CC Sabathia, last year's American League winner who was traded by the Cleveland Indians into the NL on July 7.
Ex-pitcher Score, known for tragic injury, dies
Herb Score, the Indians pitcher and former broadcaster whose promise on the mound was shattered by a line drive, died yesterday. He was 75. Score died at his home in Rocky River, Ohio, the team said in a statement. He had been in a wheelchair since suffering a stroke in 2002, four years after he was seriously injured in a car accident. A hard-throwing left-hander, Score pitched for the Indians from 1955 to 1959. He was named the AL Rookie of the Year in 1955 after going 16-10. He went 20-9 in 1956 and was twice named to the All-Star team. However, Score's career took a sad turn May 7, 1957, when Gil McDougald of the New York Yankees lined a ball off Score's right eye, breaking his nose and a number of bones in his face. Fearful of being hit again, Score changed his pitching motion, with less than favorable results. He retired in 1962 with a 55-46 record and 837 strikeouts in 858-plus innings.
Marlins-Nationals: : Starting pitcher Scott Olsen, a left-hander, and outfielder Josh Willingham were traded by Florida to Washington in a five-player deal that signals the start of the Nationals' efforts to revamp their roster after a major league-worst 59-102 season. The Marlins received second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and two minor leaguers: second baseman Jake Smolinski and right-hander P.J. Dean.
More Marlins: : Right-hander Henry Owens, 29, was suspended for the first 50 games of next season after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Rockies-Athletics: : Star outfielder Matt Holliday's trade from Colorado to Oakland was nearly completed and an announcement was expected soon, the Associated Press reported. The Rockies were set to send Holliday to the A's for reliever Huston Street, left-hander Greg Smith and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. The teams were reviewing the players' physicals.
Et cetera: : Trevor Hoffman's record-setting run as the Padres' closer is almost certainly over after the team withdrew its contract offer for 2009. ... Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said he is about a month away from swinging a bat after spending the past month resting his ailing left wrist. ... Twins reliever Pat Neshek will have ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow and is expected to miss next season after reinjuring it last week during a throwing session. ... Brewers reliever Salomon Torres, 36, retired after 12 major league seasons.
Notre Dame coach Weis to call plays against Navy
Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis will call the plays on offense for the Irish (5-4) against Navy (6-3) on Saturday at M&T; Bank Stadium. Weis said he is taking over the play-calling for at least one game because offensive coordinator Mike Haywood will miss some practices this week to attend the funeral of a family member in Houston. The Irish lost, 17-0, to Boston College on Saturday.
Donovan captures fifth U.S. soccer award
Landon Donovan wants another chance to succeed in Europe. A bust with Bayer Leverkusen during two previous stints in Germany, he began training with Bayern Munich - the same day he was voted U.S. Player of the Year for a record fifth time. Donovan, 26, led Major League Soccer this year with 20 goals for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
More soccer: : The U.S. Amateur Soccer Association recently named Baltimore resident Frank Assaro as its Coach of the Year based on his current and longtime success as coach of the Baltimore Colts soccer team, an unlimited men's team that plays in the Maryland Major Soccer League. Assaro led the Colts to a runner-up finish in the 2008 USASA Men's National Amateur Cup. GLENN GRAHAM
Colleges: : Maryland (18-2), the Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey champion, was awarded the top seed in the NCAA tournament and will host Albany (12-9) in the first round Saturday. ... The Big East will promote senior associate commissioner John Marinatto to replace Mike Tranghese, who is retiring after 19 years leading the conference, the AP reported. ... No. 8 Duke (2-0) rolled into the 2K Sports Classic semifinals with a 97-54 men's basketball victory over visiting Georgia Southern (1-1).
NHL: : Jordan Staal had a hat trick in the third period and set up Ruslan Fedotenko's winning goal with 1:11 left in overtime, lifting the Penguins to a 7-6 comeback victory over the host Red Wings in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Finals, won by Detroit in six games.
McKay: : To honor the memory of pioneering sports journalist Jim McKay, the NCAA has created a new postgraduate scholarship in his name in the field of sports communications. As part of the Jim McKay Scholarship program, one male and one female athlete will be selected annually to receive a $10,000 postgraduate scholarship.
Swimming: : American Peter Marshall and South African Cameron van der Burgh set world records at a World Cup meet in Stockholm, Sweden. Marshall won the 100-meter backstroke in 49.94 seconds, breaking Ryan Lochte's record of 49.99 set in 2006. Van der Burgh broke his own 50-meter breaststroke record by winning in 25.94.