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Former NWL player Scherzer is Cy Young winner

Former Northwoods League player Max Scherzer is the Cy Young Award winner for the second time in his career.

The Washington Nationals ace was named National League Cy Young Wednesday as the result of voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Scherzer received first-place votes on 25 of the 30 ballots to easily beat Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs.

Scherzer went 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA and 284 strikeouts. He led the league in wins and strikeouts. On May 11, he struck out 20 in a single game to match a major-league record. Scherzer, who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2013 with Detroit, is the sixth pitcher to win the award in both major leagues.

Scherzer played for the NWL's LaCrosse Loggers in 2004.