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|2006 in baseball|
|2006 American League|
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 Season summary
- 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
 League leaders
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
 All-Star Game
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|
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 Notable events