Nats' Max Scherzer, Indians' Corey Kluber win Cy Young Awards

Nov 15 (Reuters) - Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer won his second consecutive Cy Young Award as the National League's top pitcher on Wednesday while Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians took home American League honors.

Scherzer earned 27 of the 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America to finish ahead of Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, 201-126.

For Scherzer, who led the NL with 268 strikeouts and ranked second in ERA (2.51) and fourth in wins (16), it marked the third Cy Young Award of his career having also won it in 2013 while playing for the AL's Detroit Tigers.

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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Max Scherzer winds up a first inning pitch against the Kansas City Royals during their MLB inter-league baseball game in Kansas City, Missouri, June 17, 2009. REUTERS/Dave Kaup (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL)
PHOENIX - APRIL 29: Max Scherzer and Chris Snyder of the Arizona Diamondbacks sit in the dugout during the game against the Houston Astros at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on April 29, 2008. The Astros defeated the D-backs 6-4. (Photo by Jonathan Willey/Arizona Diamondbacks/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts July 31, 2010. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
American League manager Jim Leyland (L), of the Detroit Tigers, sits next to his starting pitcher Max Scherzer, also from the Detroit Tigers, during a news conference before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Home Run Derby in New York July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 13: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Boston Red Sox during Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 13, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 08: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers talks to the media during a post-game press conference after Game Four of the American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park on October 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the A's 8-6. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19: Xander Bogaerts #72 of the Boston Red Sox scores a run off of Jacoby Ellsbury #2 single to right against Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning during Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 4: Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after leaving the game after the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 4, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY, 21: Newly acquired pitcher Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer puts on his jersey with manager Matt Williams and GM Mike Rizzo during his introductory press conference on January 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY, 21: Max Scherzer, newly acquired pitcher for the Washington Nationals, thanks GM Mike Rizzo media after his introductory press conference on January 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31), left, talks with Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37), right, during spring training at the team's facilities in Viera, FL on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Jun 9, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) celebrates with his teammates after pitching a no hitter against the New York Mets during game two at Citi Field. The Nationals defeated the Mets 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (middle) celebrates with his teammates after pitching a no hitter against the New York Mets during game two at Citi Field. The Nationals defeated the Mets 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
13 October 2016: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) sits in the dugout prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals, 4-3 to advance to the National League Championship Series. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Apr 3, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) receives the 2016 National League Cy Young award from general manager Mike Rizzo before the game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) tosses a ball in the dugout during game two of the NLDS between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals on October 7, 2017, at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. The Washington Nationals defeated the Chicago Cubs, 6-3. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Oct 9, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (12) removes starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) in a pitching change against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning in game three of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
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Scherzer said he was on "cloud nine" after becoming only the 10th pitcher to win the award at least three times.

"This one is special. When you start talking about winning it three times, I can't even comprehend it at this point in time," Scherzer, 33, said on a conference call.

"It's such an unbelievable feeling and unbelievable moment that you really won't process it until about a year later, that's kind of what I found by winning these things."

Kluber returned from a back injury that limited his starts early in the season and put together a stunning second half to overtake Boston ace Chris Sale in the AL Cy Young Award race to capture the award for the second time in four seasons.

The Indians right-hander led the AL in wins (18) and ERA (2.25) and was rock-solid during his team's AL record-setting 22-game win streak from late August to mid-September.

He earned 28 of 30 first-place votes for 204 points compared to 136 for Sale, who seemed to be a lock for the award until struggling over the final two months of the season.

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 03: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 3, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Indians defeated the Tigers 3-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Aug 9, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 19: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians poses during MLB photo day at the Goodyear Ballpark on February 19, 2013 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - MAY 15: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians throws a pitch during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 15, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 19: Corey Kluber #28 (L) and Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate the victory in game one of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 19, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Indians defeated the Tigers 6-2. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 19: American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber is introduced to the crowd during the first half of the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs at Quicken Loans Arena on November 19, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
10 April 2015: 2014 Cy Young award winner Cleveland Indians Starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) [7144] poses with his award prior to the the game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. Detroit defeated Cleveland 8-4. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
10 April 2015: 2014 Cy Young award winner Cleveland Indians Starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) [7144] is presented with his award by Indians Great and Cy Young award winner Gaylord Perry prior to the the game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. Detroit defeated Cleveland 8-4. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
Oct 13, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) talks with the media one day prior to game one of the ALCS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 14, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws to first base against the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth inning in game one of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 14, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber is greeted by teammates after being relieved in the 7th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in game one of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 24: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians during World Series Media Day at Progressive Field on October 24, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws to Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler in the first inning in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 2: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during Game 7 of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 06: Corey Kluber #28 and Yan Gomes #7 of the Cleveland Indians talk on the mound in the third inning against the New York Yankees during game two of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field on October 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 06: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians reacts in the third inning against the New York Yankees during game two of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field on October 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 11: Corey Kluber #28 talks to Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians on the mound in game five of the American League Divisional Series against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on October 11, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Kluber said it was unfair to say if this year's honor meant more than the one he first earned in 2014 but did acknowledge that a second Cy Young Award does offer benefits.

"For me personally, it kind of validates the first one," Kluber, 31, told a conference call.

"It's also just another way to kind of find that reassurance so that when you are going through hard times, or struggling and trying to work your way through things, you always want to have that self-belief to fall back on."

Major League Baseball's awards week concludes on Thursday with the Most Valuable Player Award for each league.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ian Ransom)

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