Rangers Darvish second in Cy Young voting

Texas pitcher Yu Darvish finished a distant second to Max Scherzer in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award.

The second-place finish by Darvish is the best by a Japanese-born players and also matches the highest-ever finish by a Texas pitcher. Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins also finished second in the 1974 race.

Darvish went 13-9 with a 2.83 in his second season with the Rangers. He led the majors with 277 strikeouts and 11.32 strikeouts per nine innings.

“It was an honor to be a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award,” Darvish said in a statement from Japan. “Both Max Scherzer and (third-place finisher) Hisashi Iwakuma had tremendous seasons. Max is a very deserving winner. I would like to thank my teammates, the entire Texas Rangers organization, and most of all, the fans, for their on-going support. I look forward to the 2014 season and helping my team to achieve our goal: to bring a World Series championship to Texas.”

The second-place finish moves Darvish one step closer to being able to opt out of his contract a year early. He can do that by winning a Cy Young Award or finishing in the top four twice in the next three years.

Scherzer received 28 of the 30 first-place votes. Darvish didn’t receive a first-place vote. Scherzer finished with 203 points and Darvish had 93. Iwakuma finished with 73.