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MLB:  Anaheim Angels' Guerrero Wins MVP Award


Major League Baseball's Vladimir Guerrero of the Anaheim Angels has wrapped up his inaugural season in the American League by winning the Most Valuable Player Award. The Angels outfielder spent his first eight seasons in the National League with the Montreal Expos.

The 28-year-old right fielder was named first on 21 of the 28 ballots in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Tuesday. Guerrero was second on five ballots, third on one and fourth on one to total 354 points.

His batting average of .337 with 39 home runs and 126 runs batted in helped spark the Angels to the AL West division title.

He also led the league in runs scored (124) and total bases (366) to become the second Angels player to win the MVP Award after Don Baylor in 1979.

New York Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield finished second in the overall voting with five first-place votes and 254 points. Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez got one top vote and placed third with 238 points.

Guerrero is the fourth native of the Dominican Republic elected MVP.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.

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