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Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 06: Starting pithcer Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 6, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Justin Verlander wins American League MVP

Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander has become the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century to win a Most Valuable Player award.