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.

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)
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)
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)
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)
DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 02: A Justin Verlander #35 fans shows her support during the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers
DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 02: A Justin Verlander #35 fans shows her support during the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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