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The 2008 season of the American League was the one hundred eighth 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 Chicago White Sox 163 89 74 0 .546 -.- 811 (4.98) 729 (4.47) 0.263 0.332 0.448 4.06 0.983
2 Minnesota Twins 163 88 75 0 .540 1.0 829 (5.09) 745 (4.57) 0.279 0.340 0.408 4.16 0.982
3 Cleveland Indians 162 81 81 0 .500 7.5 805 (4.97) 761 (4.70) 0.262 0.339 0.424 4.45 0.985
4 Kansas City Royals 162 75 87 0 .463 13.5 691 (4.27) 781 (4.82) 0.269 0.320 0.397 4.48 0.984
5 Detroit Tigers 162 74 88 0 .457 14.5 821 (5.07) 857 (5.29) 0.271 0.340 0.444 4.90 0.981
Eastern Division
1 Tampa Bay Rays 162 97 65 0 .599 -.- 774 (4.78) 671 (4.14) 0.260 0.340 0.422 3.82 0.985
2 Boston Red Sox* 162 95 67 0 .586 2.0 845 (5.22) 694 (4.28) 0.280 0.358 0.447 4.01 0.986
3 New York Yankees 162 89 73 0 .549 8.0 789 (4.87) 727 (4.49) 0.271 0.342 0.427 4.28 0.986
4 Toronto Blue Jays 162 86 76 0 .531 11.0 714 (4.41) 610 (3.77) 0.264 0.331 0.399 3.49 0.986
5 Baltimore Orioles 161 68 93 0 .422 28.5 782 (4.86) 869 (5.40) 0.267 0.333 0.429 5.13 0.983
Western Division
1 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 162 100 62 0 .617 -.- 765 (4.72) 697 (4.30) 0.268 0.330 0.413 3.99 0.985
2 Texas Rangers 162 79 83 0 .488 21.0 901 (5.56) 967 (5.97) 0.283 0.354 0.462 5.37 0.978
3 Oakland Athletics 161 75 86 0 .466 24.5 646 (4.01) 690 (4.29) 0.242 0.318 0.369 4.01 0.984
4 Seattle Mariners 162 61 101 0 .377 39.0 671 (4.14) 811 (5.01) 0.265 0.318 0.389 4.73 0.984

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins 163
At Bats Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners 686
Runs Scored Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 118
Hits Ichiro Suzuki
Dustin Pedroia
Seattle Mariners
Boston Red Sox
213
Doubles Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 54
Triples Curtis Granderson Detroit Tigers 13
Home Runs Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 37
Total Bases Miguel Cabrera
Josh Hamilton
Detoit Tigers
Texas Rangers
331
Runs Batted In Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers 130
Stolen Bases Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox 50
Caught Stealing B.J. Upton Tampa Bay Rays 16
Walks Jack Cust Oakland Athletics 111
Intentional Base-on-Balls Vladimir Guerrero
Justin Morneau
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Minnesota Twins
16
Hit by Pitch Jason Giambi New York Yankees 22
Strikeouts Jack Cust Oakland Athletics 197
Sacrifice Hits Alexi Casilla Minnesota Twins 13
Sacrifice Flies Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins 11
Grounded into Double Plays Magglio Ordonez
Vladimir Guerrero
Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
23
Batting Average Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins 0.328
On-Base Percentage Milton Bradley Texas Rangers 0.438
Slugging Percentage Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees 0.573
On-Base plus Slugging Milton Bradley Texas Rangers 0.999
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Milton Bradley Texas Rangers 161

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Cliff Lee Cleveland Indians 22
Losses Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers 17
Win-Loss Percentage Cliff Lee Cleveland Indians 0.880
Appearances Matt Guerrier
Francisco Rodriguez
Minnesota Twins
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
76
Games Started Mike Mussina
A.J. Burnett
Gil Meche
Mark Buehrle
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
34
Complete Games Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 9
Shutouts 8 tied with 2
Games Finished Francisco Rodriguez Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 69
Saves Francisco Rodriguez Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 62
Innings Pitched Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 246.0
Batters Faced Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 987
Hits Allowed Mark Buehrle Chicago White Sox 240
Home Runs Allowed Paul Byrd Cleveland Indians/
Boston Red Sox
31
Base-on-Balls Allowed Daisuke Matsuzaka Boston Red Sox 94
Intentional Base-on-Balls Matt Guerrier Minnesota Twins 9
Hit Batsmen Daniel Cabrera Baltimore Orioles 18
Strikeouts A.J. Burnett Toronto Blue Jays 231
Wild Pitches Daniel Cabrera Baltimore Orioles 15
Balks Vicente Padilla
Justin Verlander
Texas Rangers
Detroit Tigers
3
Runs Allowed Brian Bannister Kansas City Royals 127
Earned Runs Allowed Nate Robertson Detroit Tigers 119
Earned Run Average Cliff Lee Cleveland Indians 2.54
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 1.053

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League won the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in New York, NY on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 by a score of 4 to 3 in 15 innings. The league's manager was Terry Francona.

[edit] Postseason

The 2008 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
                 
West.  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1  
WC  Boston Red Sox 3  
    East.  Tampa Bay Rays 4
  WC  Boston Red Sox 3
East.  Tampa Bay Rays 3
Cent.  Chicago White Sox 1  

In the World Series, the American League champion Tampa Bay Rays lost to the National League's Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 1.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Dustin Pedroia, a second baseman with the Boston Red Sox. In the award's voting, he had 317 out of a possible 392 points and 16 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians. In the award's voting, he had 132 out of a possible 140 points and 24 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Evan Longoria, a third baseman with the Tampa Bay Rays, by unanimous vote. In the award's voting, he had 140 out of a possible 140 points and all 28 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 Mike Mussina New York Yankees
C Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
1B Carlos Pena Tampa Bay Rays
2B Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
3B Adrian Beltre Seattle Mariners
SS Michael Young Texas Rangers
OF Torii Hunter Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners
Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians

[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 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
3B Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees
SS Derek Jeter New York Yankees
OF Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers
Carlos Quentin Chicago White Sox
Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians
DH Aubrey Huff Baltimore Orioles

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The sixty-second annual Hall of Fame Game was to be played on May 16st at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game, which was rained out, did not feature a team from the American League. It was the last time the game was scheduled.

[edit] Notable events

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