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R.A. Dickey named finalist for NL Cy Young Award; Robinson Cano named finalist for AL MVP

R.A. Dickey celebrates his 20th victory of the

R.A. Dickey celebrates his 20th victory of the season after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Sept. 27, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

As expected, R.A. Dickey has been named a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award along with the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez.

Dickey became the first Mets' 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990. The Mets had a down year, finishing with a 74-88 record and fourth in the AL East, but Dickey managed to go 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts.

Robinson Cano was selected as a finalst for the American League MVP Award. The other nominees include Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre.

Despite a lousy postseason where he went only 3-for-40, Cano's regular season wasn't overlooked. He went .313 with 33 home runs, 94 RBIs and 105 runs, all among the top 10 in the AL.

The Baseball Writers Association of America will announce winners for all post-season awards beginning with the NL and AL Rookie of the Year on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. on MLB Network.

The Manager of the Year awards will follow on Nov. 13, Cy Young winners will be announced Nov. 14, and the awards will end with the MVP winners Nov. 15.

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