Miguel Cabrera wins second straight AL MVP

Miguel Cabrera wins second straight AL MVP
November 14, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera won his second straight AL MVP behind a .348/.442/.636 line, 44 home runs and 137 RBI. (AP)

NEW YORK -- Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera won the American League's Most Valuable Player award.

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Cabrera took the AL prize for the second straight year by a comfortable gap over Mike Trout.

A season after posting the majors' first Triple Crown in 45 years, Cabrera came back to lead baseball in hitting at .348 and finish second with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs.

Cabrera got 23 of 30 first-place votes, becoming the first player to win consecutive AL MVPs since Frank Thomas for the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and 1994.

"This is unbelievable," Cabrera said, young kids buzzing around him. "I'm so excited right now."

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Cabrera took his third AL batting title in a row. He also drew a $1 million bonus for winning a second MVP during his current contract with the Tigers.

"I was so nervous because it was a great competition," he said.