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BBWAA unveils award finalists

Secaucus, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baseball Writers' Association of America revealed the candidates for the four major individual honors Tuesday.

Detroit Tigers third baseman and reigning American League MVP Miguel Cabrera headlines the list of finalists for this year's award. The last AL player to win back-to-back MVPs was Chicago's Frank Thomas in 1993-94.

Baltimore Orioles masher Chris Davis and Angels center fielder Mike Trout, the 2012 runner-up, round out the AL MVP nominees.

Among those being considered for the NL MVP are Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

Detroit's 21-game winner Max Scherzer is the presumed front-runner for the AL Cy Young Award. Texas' Yu Darvish and Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma are the other finalists.

Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw appears to be the favorite to win his second NL Cy Young Award in three years after leading the majors with a 1.83 earned run average. Miami's Jose Fernandez, a contender for the rookie accolade as well, and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright are also in the hunt for the top pitching honor in the NL.

Tampa Bay outfielder Wil Myers and pitcher Chris Archer as well as Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias make up the finalists for the AL Rookie of the Year Award, while Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig and St. Louis hurler Shelby Miller join Fernandez as the NL rookie hopefuls.

John Farrell of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, Cleveland's Terry Francona and Oakland's Bob Melvin were named the nominees for the AL Manager of the Year Award. Melvin was last year's recipient.

Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle, the Dodgers' Don Mattingly and Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez comprise the field for the best NL skipper.

The winners will be announced next week.

11/05 19:05:59 ET