Verlander, Alcantara are unanimous Cy Young Award winners

  • FILE - Miami Marlins' Sandy Alcantara pitches during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Aug. 10, 2022, in Philadelphia. Alcantara won the National League Cy Young Award unanimously on Wednesday night, Nov. 16, after posting a 2.28 ERA while pitching a major league-best 228 2/3 innings and six compete games. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

  • Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game Aug. 23, 2022, in Houston. Verlander won the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, Nov. 16. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

HOUSTON — It didn’t take Justin Verlander long to realize he could have a special year after missing almost two full seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.