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Monday, November 21, 2011
Four Rangers receive MVP recognition

By Jeff Caplan

Michael Young finished eighth in voting for the American League MVP award and was one of four Texas Rangers to receive votes.

Detroit Tigers pitcher and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander completed the rare double-double by winning the AL MVP on Monday afternoon, beating out Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox. Verlander garnered 13 first-place votes, nine more than Ellsbury and eight more than third-place finisher Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays.

For the complete MVP voting, click here.

Young, who recorded career bests with a .338 average and 106 RBIs as the designated hitter and super-utility infielder, got one first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth-place vote, plus four seventh-place votes, seven votes for eighth, four for ninth and two 10th-place votes. He was the only player to receive at least one vote in slots one through 10.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler, who completed the second 30-30 season of his career, finished 11th in the voting. He received two sixth-place votes and one fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth-place vote.

Adrian Beltre placed 15th with two eighth-place votes and one ninth and 10th-place vote. Despite missing five weeks with a hamstring injury, Beltre hit .296 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs.

The 2010 AL MVP, Josh Hamilton, received one 10th place vote.

The  Rangers' four players to receive votes was tied for second with the Tigers behind the New York Yankees' five.

Mike Napoli, who notched career-bests with a .320 batting average, 30 home runs and 75 RBI, did not receive any votes, likely because he managed all that damage in just 369 at-bats and 113 games.