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No Orioles among BBWAA Award finalists

Orioles' Chris Davis, right, celebrates his first inning three-run home run against the Atlanta Braves with Manny Machado, left, and Jimmy Paredes (#8), center, who scored on the homer, on July 28, 2015.
Orioles' Chris Davis, right, celebrates his first inning three-run home run against the Atlanta Braves with Manny Machado, left, and Jimmy Paredes (#8), center, who scored on the homer, on July 28, 2015. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

The finalists for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's annual awards were announced Tuesday night and the Orioles, predictably, were shut out.

The only question regarding the 81-81 Orioles and postseason awards was whether league home run king Chris Davis or all-around star Manny Machado would end up in the top three of American League Most Valuable Player Award voting along with front-runners Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.

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Instead, Donaldson and Trout were joined by Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals as AL MVP finalists. Although it's likely Machado and Davis will receive some top-10 votes once the full ballots are revealed, only the top three were announced Tuesday for the four primary awards in each league: MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year.

Last year, the Orioles had one finalist, manager Buck Showalter, who ultimately won AL Manager of the Year.

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Machado hit .286 with a career-best 35 homers, 86 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 162 games this year. He finished ninth in MVP voting in 2013.

Davis, a free agent, batted .262 with a league-best 47 homers and 117 RBIs in 2015. He was third in the AL MVP voting in 2013.

Former Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta, who the Orioles traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2013, is one of three finalists for the National League Cy Young Award this year after going 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA in 33 starts. He's competing against a pair of Los Angeles Dodgers teammates, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw.

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