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Tigers' Verlander named American League MVP



Detroit's Justin Verlander has become the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century to win a Most Valuable Player award, adding it to his Cy Young Award last week, the Associated Press reports.

Verlander earned the American League MVP honor Monday, receiving 13 of 28 first-place votes and 280 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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Here is Times baseball writer Marc Topkin's ballot:

1. Curtis Granderson, Yankees
2. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
3. Justin Verlander, Tigers
4. Evan Longoria, Rays
5. Jose Bautista, Jays
6. Robinson Cano, Yankees
7. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
8. Michael Young, Rangers
9. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
10. James Shields, Rays

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 12:40am]


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