On November 21, 2011 — Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40) is named the American League’s Most Valuable Player, becoming the first starting pitcher to receive the award since in 1986 when Roger Clemens accomplished the feat. The Tiger right-hander, who won the A.L. Cy Young Award unanimously last week, received 13 of 28 first-place votes and a total of 280 points, besting Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who was listed first on four writers’ ballots and had 242 points.

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