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Tigers' Justin Verlander wants to focus on pitching after photos of him, Kate Upton are leaked

...pressure from other people to get quotes or whatever. I knew I'd be getting a lot of questions. This is it."The AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner in 2011, Verlander has always been able to block out distractions. He's dealt with a shoulder...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-09-02/tigers-justin-verlander-
All-Star Game marked a changing of the guard

...Wainwright, then gave the AL a 4-3 lead in the fifth with an RBI double against Pat Neshek. Trout, second to Cabrera in AL MVP voting the past two years, is in position for a most unusual All-Star cycle: He singled in the first at-bat of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-07-16/all-star-game-marked-cha
All-Star Game might have an international flavor to it this year

...festivities. Especially for Minnesota fans.Mauer's injury eliminates all that. The six-time All-Star and 2009 AL MVP can play some sort of role in the pregame ceremonies and soak in a well-earned ovation without it feeling forced...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-07-03/all-star-game-might-have
Frank Thomas thrilled to go into hall of fame

...on, you've got to pinch yourself. I'm very fortunate it happened for me, especially first ballot."Thomas won AL MVP awards in 1993 and 1994 and finished his 19-year career with a .301 batting average, 521 homers and 1,704 RBI.He...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-07-26/frank-thomas-thrilled-go
It's back to work for MLB after the break

...disk in his back.Beyond the standings, the races for the individual honors will come into focus.Trout could add the AL MVP award to his one from the All-Star game, especially if the Angels can run down the A's in the competitive AL West...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-07-17/its-back-work-mlb-after-
Trout, Jeter lead AL to win in All-Star Game

...I hope people realize I'm not intentionally giving up hits out there."Trout, who finished second to Cabrera in AL MVP voting in each of the last two seasons, became the youngest All-Star MVP, about 3 1-2 months older than Ken Griffey...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-07-15/trout-jeter-lead-al-win-
Trout, Angels agree to long-term extension

...The Millville, N.J., product was a unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year in 2012, and he finished second in AL MVP voting to Miguel Cabrera the past two years.He gets a $5 million signing bonus, of which $2 million is due within...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-03-29/trout-angels-agree-long-
Former catcher Joe Mauer has advice for Buster Posey

...generation play against each other, with one major twist: neither started at catcher in the opener.Mauer, the 2009 AL MVP and a three-time batting champion, moved to first base this year after a concussion last August ended his season. Posey...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-05-24/former-catcher-joe-mauer
Pair of star rookies take AL by storm

...that precedent was established a while ago in the award voting.Ichiro Suzuki turned 28 in 2001, the year he swept the AL MVP and rookie of the year awards after coming over from Japan.A player arriving from overseas might sometimes be in his...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-05-19/pair-star-rookies-take-a
Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has seen game grow, change over long career

...but it's been Dombrowski's trades that have put Detroit in contention for a World Series title.Cabrera, the AL MVP in 2012 and 2013, was acquired from Florida after the 2007 season for several prospects who didn't become stars. In...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-04-01/tigers-gm-dave-dombrowsk