Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/14/12

11 APR 2009: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) during the Detroit Tigers 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. Verlander would not get a decision pitching 5 innings while allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run. Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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Justin Verlander is considered by most to be the best pitcher in baseball, certainly the best in the American League. But now he has to prove it all over again, and probably will. Despite fairly similar stats in 2012 after his AL MVPCy Young-winning year in 2011, Verlander did not win a second consecutive Cy Young Award. That honor went to the Tampa Bay Rays' David Price, who went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. Verlander is a good sport. Through his Twitter account, @JustinVerlander, he said, "Congrats to @DAVIDPrice14 on Cy Young!" It was the closest vote since a tie in 1969, with Price getting 14 first-place votes and Verlander receiving 13. Verlander finished just four points behind Price 153-149. Price had 13 second-place votes and one third-place vote, while Verlander received 13 second-place votes and two third-place votes. The Ft, Worth Star-Telegram's Drew Davison gave a first-place vote to former Tiger Fernando Rodney. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi gave his first-place v...
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