Francisco Liriano, Tim Hudson honored
Now they have something else in common: the comeback player of the year award.
Hudson had elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2008 and was limited to just seven starts the following season. But the right-hander went 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA this year, making him a contender for the Cy Young Award.
The 35-year-old Hudson led Atlanta in wins and innings (228 2/3) and was second on the team with 139 strikeouts. The 17 victories were his best since he won 18 games for Oakland in 2001.
Liriano was 14-10 with a 3.62 ERA for Minnesota this season and will start Game 1 of the AL division series against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. The 26-year-old lefty missed the entire 2007 season following Tommy John surgery and was limited by injuries each of the previous two years.
Liriano set career highs for wins, starts (31), innings (191 2/3) and strikeouts (201).
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