Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw won the NL Cy Young Award today. Ian Kennedy of the Diamondbacks finished fourth. In more important news...
-It's the first time since 2009 that a team had two of the top three finishers. That was Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainright. The Cardinals righties finished second and third behind Giants ace Tim Lincecum that year.
-It's the first time that the Phillies had multiple pitchers in the top five since 1980, when Steve Carlton won the award and Tug McGraw finished fifth.
-It's the first time any team had three pitchers in the top five in the voting since 2005, when Roger Clemens, Roy Oswalt and Billy Wagner did it for the Astros.
-It's the first time since 1998 that a team had three starting pitchers in the top five of the Cy Young voting. No surprise at the names: Tom Glavine won it, while Braves teammates Greg Maddux and John Smoltz tied for fourth.
-Finally, Halladay is the sixth Cy Young Award winner to finish second the year after winning it. The last to do it was Diamondbacks righty Brandon Webb in 2007.
Schneider signing official: Backup catcher Brian Schneider officially is back with the Phillies on a one-year contract. Please keep your enthusiasm at an appropriate level.