Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers won his second National League Cy Young Award in three seasons, and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers was voted the American League’s best pitcher after posting a Major League Baseball-high 21 wins.
Rookie Michael Wacha pitched seven scoreless innings as the St. Louis Cardinals advanced to Major League Baseball’s World Series with a 9-0 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.
Clayton Kershaw’s historic opening day start for the Los Angeles Dodgers demonstrated why the 25- year-old left-hander, who elicits comparisons to Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, might become the first $200 million pitcher in Major League Baseball history.
Juan Uribe’s two-run homer in the eighth inning sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League Championship Series with a 4-3 victory that eliminated the Atlanta Braves from the Major League Baseball playoffs.
Anibal Sanchez struck out 12 Boston batters and combined with three Detroit pitchers to take a no- hitter through the eighth inning as the Tigers beat the Red Sox 1-0 in the opener of Major League Baseball’s American League Championship Series.
Carlos Beltran’s 15th postseason home run led the host St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-1 defeat of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Los Angeles Dodgers won 6-1 in Atlanta as the two National League division series opened.