Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen an NL MVP finalist


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Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is among the finalists for the National League MVP award in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Triple Crown-winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers is one of five finalists for the AL MVP.

Cabrera is joined by Texas' Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton, the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano, and Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout, who also is one of three nominees for AL Rookie of the Year.

For the first time, the BBWAA announced finalists for its awards. The winners will be revealed next week live on the MLB Network, beginning Monday with the rookies of the year and concluding Thursday with the MVPs.

Milwaukee's Ryan Braun has a chance for a repeat as NL MVP. He's pitted against San Diego's Chase Headley, St. Louis' Yadier Molina and San Francisco's Buster Posey as well as McCutchen.

New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is among the three finalists for the NL Cy Young Award. Washington's Gio Gonzalez and 2011 winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers are also competing.

Detroit's reigning AL MVP and Cy Young-winner Justin Verlander has another shot for top pitcher in the AL. Tampa Bay's David Price and the Angels' Jered Weaver are the other two finalists. The winner in each league will be picked Wednesday.

Trout is competing with two foreign-born stars Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics and Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish of the Rangers for AL Rookie of the Year.

Washington's Bryce Harper, Cincinnati's Todd Frazier and Arizona's Wade Miley are the rookie nominees in the NL.

Of the six finalists for manager of the year, only White Sox rookie skipper Robin Ventura is not a previous winner. He was nominated along with Bob Melvin (2007) and Buck Showalter (1994, '04) in the AL. In the NL, the Cincinnati Reds' Dusty Baker ('93, '97, '00), the World Series champion Giants Bruce Bochy ('96) and Washington's Davey Johnson ('97) got the nod. The two top managers will be named Tuesday.

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First Published November 8, 2012 5:45 AM


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