Detroit's Justin Verlander has won the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

Verlander, who won the Cy Young award last week, is the first starting pitcher to win the award since Roger Clemens did it with the Red Sox 25 years ago.

Verlander received 13 first place votes to outdistance Boston's Jacolby Ellsbury, Toronto's Jose Bautista and the Yankees' Curtis Granderson.

Verlander won the American League triple crown for pitchers, leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts.