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Justin Verlander Wins AL Cy Young Award

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Verlander won the pitching triple crown in 2011.

Justin Verlander Wins AL Cy Young Award

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 In the end, the only question about the American League Cy Young Award was Justin Verlander's margin of victory. It was unanimous.

The result was inevitable once Verlander captured the league's pitching Triple Crown. Tuesday was the coronation, making Verlander the Tigers' first Cy Young winner since Guillermo Hernandez in 1984, and the first Tigers starting pitcher to win it since Denny McLain in 1969.

Verlander received every one of the 28 first-place votes cast by two members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in each AL city -- good for 196 points. The Angels' Jered Weaver received 17 second-place votes and was second in the voting with 97 points, followed by James Shields of the Rays with 66 and CC Sabathia of the Yankees with 63.

Verlander went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts. Besides those categories, he also led the league in Games Started (34), Innings Pitched (251), WHIP (.920), and H/9 (6.2). He is truly deserving of the unanimous vote.

For his career, however, Verlander has struggled in the postseason. He's 3-3 with a 5.57 ERA in eight career playoff starts. Of course, the Cy Young is a regular season award, so his playoff numbers mean nothing here.

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