Of the 28 overall votes for American League MVP, Twins catcher, Joe Mauer stole 27 of them to wrap up the first award of his career. Mauer also added his third batting title of his career after batting .365 this season.
Mauer was up against a duel of Yankees this season. 1B Mark Teixiera and SS Derek Jeter came in at second and third respectively, with Detroits Miguel Cabrera, Anaheims Kendry Morales and Bostons Kevin Youkilis to follow.
Mauer also lead the league in OBP and SLG and recorded career highes in home runs, batting average, hits and runs batted in.
This was a well deserved award for Mauer who has had the award stolen from him nearly every year. Teixiera and Jeter made it a difficult case, but Mauer has finally run away with one of the most deserved and most overdue awards in major league history.
Yanks pound out five homers to take rubber game in Boston.
|Jeter||SS||.331||.298, 14 for 47|
|Damon||LF||.284||.273, 12 for 44|
|Teixeira||1B||.288||.125, 2 for 16|
|Swisher||RF||.251||.294, 5 for 17|
|Cano||2B||.314||.341, 14 for 41|
|Cabrera||CF||.270||.333, 12 for 36|
|Molina||C||.250||.154, 4 SO|
Each team looks to restore some order in series and salvage final game, win series.
Yanks hope they have something left after outburst last night.
Matsui’s knocks two home runs to give Yanks first Fenway “W” this season.