Jered Weaver named Cy Young Award finalist for American League

Stephen Dunn

The Los Angeles Angels right-hander was recognized by Major League Baseball after carrying a staff that fell well short of expectations as a group.

Los Angeles Angels right hander Jered Weaver has been named a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award, according to Major League Baseball.

Weaver finished a stellar 2012 campaign with 20 wins and five losses, 142 strikeouts against just 45 walks, and added a 2.81 ERA in 188.2 innings pitched. The highlight of the season for the 30-year-old came when he threw a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins on May 2, where he faced 29 batters and struck out nine.

Weaver was the lone bright spot on a pitching staff that failed to meet lofty expectations, as the Halos missed the playoffs in 2012.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America will hand out the prestigious award, among others, on live television for the first time next week on MLB Network. The announcement of the four biggest awards in baseball will take place on consecutive nights beginning Monday at 3:00 p.m. PT.

The awards set to be announced, in order of appearance, are Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player. Weaver's teammate, Mike Trout is a finalist for both the AL Rookie of the Year and the AL MVP awards.

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