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Verlander Wins AL MVP, 1st Starter In 25 Years

Yankees Curtis Granderson 4th, Robinson Cano 6th
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Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

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.

Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was second with 242 points, followed by Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista with 231 points.

New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson received three first-place votes and was fourth in the voting with 215 points. Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano finished sixth.

Verlander went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts to take the AL pitching triple crown. He is the first pitcher to win MVP since Oakland’s Dennis Eckerlsley in 1992 and the first starter since Boston’s Roger Clemens in 1986.

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