Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish finished a distant second Wednesday in voting for the American League Cy Young award, behind winner Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers. Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners finished third.
Darvish did not receive any first-place votes, as Scherzer grabbed 28 and teammate Anibal Sanchez and Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox grabbed another. But he received 19 second-place votes to edge Iwakuma.
Darvish led the majors with 277 strikeouts while going 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA in 209 2/3 innings. His finish is the highest by a Rangers pitchers since Aaron Sele finished fifth in 1999. Darvish's finish is the highest in history by a Japanese pitcher.
The runner-up finish is the first step toward Darvish triggering a clause that would allow him to opt out of the final year of his contract. That can happen if he wins the Cy Young in the next three seasons or places second, third or fourth in two of the next three.
He signed a six-year, $56 million contract in January 2011. General manager Jon Daniels said on Wednesday that the Rangers hope to talk about an extension with Darvish at some point down the road.
-- Jeff Wilson