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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Wins 3rd NL Cy Young Award by Unanimous Vote

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Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, becoming only the ninth pitcher in history to win three.

The others who have done it are considered among the best to ever step on a major league mound: Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer, Steve Carlton, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.

Clemens won a record seven Cy Young Awards. Johnson won five. Palmer and Maddux each won four. Koufax is the Dodgers’ only other three-time Cy Young winner, and he also did it in a four-year span, from 1963-66. Koufax also won one MVP award, which Kershaw could match Thursday.

Kershaw received all 30 first-place votes submitted by members of the Baseball Writers Assn. of America. His 210 points put him ahead of Cincinnati Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto, who had 112 points and St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright, who had 97 points.

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