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Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 13: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 13, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/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.