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A pitcher for MVP?

That's right! Why Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander deserves to win the AL award

Updated: September 21, 2011, 3:48 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

He's been on the field for fewer games this year than Alfredo Amezaga. He hasn't driven in a run or scored one or shown off his home run trot -- not even once.

So if your idea of what an MVP is supposed to look like is Albert Pujols or Joe DiMaggio or George Kenneth Griffey Jr., then Justin Verlander doesn't exactly fit the part.

But if your definition of the "valuable" portion of the Most Valuable Player award doesn't include criteria such as "must dig into the old batter's ...

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