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The 2006 season of the American League was the one hundred sixth season of the league.

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[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

An asterisk (*) indicates the team won its league's wild card, Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Central Division
1 Minnesota Twins 162 96 66 0 .593 -.- 801 (4.94) 683 (4.22) 0.287 0.347 0.425 3.95 0.986
2 Detroit Tigers* 162 95 67 0 .586 1.0 822 (5.07) 675 (4.17) 0.274 0.329 0.449 3.84 0.983
3 Chicago White Sox 162 90 72 0 .556 6.0 868 (5.36) 794 (4.90) 0.280 0.342 0.464 4.61 0.985
4 Cleveland Indians 162 78 84 0 .481 18.0 870 (5.37) 782 (4.83) 0.280 0.349 0.457 4.41 0.981
5 Kansas City Royals 162 62 100 0 .383 34.0 757 (4.67) 971 (5.99) 0.271 0.332 0.411 5.65 0.984
Eastern Division
1 New York Yankees 162 97 65 0 .599 -.- 930 (5.74) 767 (4.73) 0.285 0.363 0.461 4.41 0.983
2 Toronto Blue Jays 162 87 75 0 .537 10.0 809 (4.99) 754 (4.65) 0.284 0.348 0.463 4.37 0.984
3 Boston Red Sox 162 86 76 0 .531 11.0 820 (5.06) 825 (5.09) 0.269 0.351 0.435 4.83 0.989
4 Baltimore Orioles 162 70 92 0 .432 27.0 768 (4.74) 899 (5.55) 0.277 0.339 0.424 5.35 0.983
5 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 162 61 101 0 .377 36.0 689 (4.25) 856 (5.28) 0.255 0.314 0.420 4.96 0.979
Western Division
1 Oakland Athletics 162 93 69 0 .574 -.- 771 (4.76) 727 (4.49) 0.260 0.340 0.412 4.21 0.986
2 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 162 89 73 0 .549 4.0 766 (4.73) 732 (4.52) 0.274 0.334 0.425 4.04 0.979
3 Texas Rangers 162 80 82 0 .494 13.0 835 (5.15) 784 (4.84) 0.278 0.338 0.446 4.60 0.984
4 Seattle Mariners 162 78 84 0 .481 15.0 756 (4.67) 792 (4.89) 0.272 0.325 0.424 4.60 0.985

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Miguel Tejada
Grady Sizemore
Michael Young
Mark Teixeira
Baltimore Orioles
Cleveland Indians
Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers
162
At Bats Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners 695
Runs Scored Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians 134
Hits Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners 224
Doubles Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians 53
Triples Carl Crawford Tampa Bay Devil Rays 16
Home Runs David Ortiz Boston Red Sox 54
Total Bases David Ortiz Boston Red Sox 355
Runs Batted In David Ortiz Boston Red Sox 137
Stolen Bases Carl Crawford Tampa Bay Devil Rays 58
Caught Stealing Scott Podsednik Chicago White Sox 19
Walks David Ortiz Boston Red Sox 119
Intentional Base-on-Balls Vladimir Guerrero Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 25
Hit by Pitch Reed Johnson Toronto Blue Jays 21
Strikeouts Curtis Granderson Detroit Tigers 174
Sacrifice Hits Jose Lopez Seattle Mariners 12
Sacrifice Flies Orlando Cabrera
Justin Morneau
Kevin Youkilis
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Minnesota Twins
Boston Red Sox
11
Grounded into Double Plays Miguel Tejada Baltimore Orioles 28
Batting Average Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins 0.347
On-Base Percentage Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox 0.439
Slugging Percentage Travis Hafner Cleveland Indians 0.659
On-Base plus Slugging Travis Hafner Cleveland Indians 1.097
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Travis Hafner Cleveland Indians 181

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Chien-Ming Wang
Johan Santana
New York Yankees
Minnesota Twins
19
Losses Rodrigo Lopez Baltimore Orioles 18
Win-Loss Percentage Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 0.762
Appearances Scott Proctor New York Yankees 83
Games Started Dan Haren
Barry Zito
Jeremy Bonderman
Kevin Millwood
Johan Santana
Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics
Detroit Tigers
Texas Rangers
Minnesota Twins
34
Complete Games C.C. Sabathia Cleveland Indians 6
Shutouts Jake Westbrook
John Lackey
C.C. Sabathia
Jeremy Sowers
Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
2
Games Finished Joe Nathan Minnesota Twins 61
Saves Francisco Rodriguez Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 47
Innings Pitched Johan Santana Minnesota Twins 233.2
Batters Faced Barry Zito Oakland Athletics 945
Hits Allowed Jake Westbrook
Mark Buehrle
Jon Garland
Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox
247
Home Runs Allowed Carlos Silva Minnesota Twins 38
Base-on-Balls Allowed Daniel Cabrera Baltimore Orioles 104
Intentional Base-on-Balls Joel Pineiro Seattle Mariners 13
Hit Batsmen Vicente Padilla Texas Rangers 17
Strikeouts Johan Santana Minnesota Twins 245
Wild Pitches Daniel Cabrera Baltimore Orioles 19
Balks Ted Lilly Toronto Blue Jays 4
Runs Allowed Carlos Silva Minnesota Twins 130
Earned Runs Allowed Rodrigo Lopez Baltimore Orioles 124
Earned Run Average Johan Santana Minnesota Twins 2.77
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Johan Santana Minnesota Twins 0.997

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League won the seventy-seventh midsummer classic at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 by a score of 3 to 2. The league's manager was Ozzie Guillen.

[edit] Postseason

The 2006 American League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with a wild card team. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-seven League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.

  Division Series Championship Series
                 
East.  New York Yankees 1  
WC  Detroit Tigers 3  
    WC  Detroit Tigers 4
  West.  Oakland Athletics 0
Cent.  Minnesota Twins 0
West.  Oakland Athletics 3  

In the World Series, the American League champion Detroit Tigers lost to the National League's St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Justin Morneau, a first baseman with the Minnesota Twins. In the award's voting, he had 320 out of a possible 392 points and 15 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Johan Santana of the Minnesota Twins, by unanimous vote. In the award's voting, he had 140 out of a possible 140 points and all 28 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Justin Verlander, a pitcher with the Detroit Tigers. In the award's voting, he had 133 out of a possible 140 points and 26 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Kenny Rogers Detroit Tigers
C Ivan Rodriguez Detroit Tigers
1B Mark Teixeira Texas Rangers
2B Mark Grudzielanek Kansas City Royals
3B Eric Chavez Oakland Athletics
SS Derek Jeter New York Yankees
OF Torii Hunter Minnesota Twins
Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners
Vernon Wells Toronto Blue Jays

[edit] Silver Sluggers

The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best hitters as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
C Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
1B Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins
2B Robinson Cano New York Yankees
3B Joe Crede Chicago White Sox
SS Derek Jeter New York Yankees
OF Vladimir Guerrero Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox
Jermaine Dye Chicago White Sox
DH David Ortiz Boston Red Sox

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The sixtieth annual Hall of Fame Game was scheduled to be played on May 15 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game, which was cancelled after 2 ½ innings due to rain, did not feature an American League team.

[edit] Notable events

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