Darvish is AL Cy Young finalist

Yu Darvish's second season in the major leagues has earned respect of Cy Young voters.

Darvish is one of three finalists for the 2013 American League Cy Young Award, announced Tuesday night by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Darvish is a finalist along with countryman Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers. The AL Cy Young winner will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Darvish led the big leagues with 277 strikeouts and had a 13-9 record with a 2.83 ERA. He led the majors with 11.32 strikeouts per nine innings and had an AL-best .194 opponents batting average.

Darvish was one of three finalists for last year's AL Rookie of the Year award won by outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.