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AmericanLeague.jpg The 2011 season of the American League was the one hundred eleventh 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 Detroit Tigers 162 95 67 0 .586 -.- 787 (4.86) 711 (4.39) 0.277 0.340 0.434 4.04 0.983
2 Cleveland Indians 162 80 82 0 .494 15.0 704 (4.35) 760 (4.69) 0.250 0.317 0.396 4.23 0.982
3 Chicago White Sox 162 79 83 0 .488 16.0 654 (4.04) 706 (4.36) 0.252 0.319 0.388 4.10 0.987
4 Kansas City Royals 162 71 91 0 .438 24.0 730 (4.51) 762 (4.70) 0.275 0.329 0.415 4.44 0.985
5 Minnesota Twins 162 63 99 0 .389 32.0 619 (3.82) 804 (4.96) 0.247 0.306 0.360 4.58 0.980
Eastern Division
1 New York Yankees 162 97 65 0 .599 -.- 867 (5.35) 657 (4.06) 0.263 0.343 0.444 3.73 0.983
2 Tampa Bay Rays* 162 91 71 0 .562 6.0 707 (4.36) 614 (3.79) 0.244 0.322 0.402 3.58 0.988
3 Boston Red Sox 162 90 72 0 .556 7.0 875 (5.40) 737 (4.55) 0.280 0.349 0.461 4.20 0.985
4 Toronto Blue Jays 162 81 81 0 .500 16.0 743 (4.59) 761 (4.70) 0.249 0.317 0.413 4.32 0.982
5 Baltimore Orioles 162 69 93 0 .426 28.0 708 (4.37) 860 (5.31) 0.257 0.316 0.413 4.89 0.982
Western Division
1 Texas Rangers 162 96 66 0 .593 -.- 855 (5.28) 677 (4.18) 0.283 0.340 0.460 3.79 0.981
2 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 162 86 76 0 .531 10.0 667 (4.12) 633 (3.91) 0.253 0.313 0.402 3.57 0.985
3 Oakland Athletics 162 74 88 0 .457 22.0 645 (3.98) 679 (4.19) 0.244 0.311 0.369 3.71 0.979
4 Seattle Mariners 162 67 95 0 .414 29.0 556 (3.43) 675 (4.17) 0.233 0.292 0.348 3.90 0.982

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Miguel Cabrera
Ichiro Suzuki
Mark Teixeira
Detroit Tigers
Seattle Mariners
161
At Bats Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners 677
Runs Scored Curtis Granderson New York Yankees 136
Hits Michael Young
Adrian Gonzalez
Texas Rangers
Boston Red Sox
213
Doubles Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 48
Triples Austin Jackson
Peter Bourjos
Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
11
Home Runs Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays 43
Total Bases Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox 364
Runs Batted In Curtis Granderson New York Yankees 119
Stolen Bases Brett Gardner
Coco Crisp
New York Yankees
Oakland Athletics
49
Caught Stealing Juan Pierre Chicago White Sox 17
Walks Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays 132
Intentional Base-on-Balls Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays 24
Hit by Pitch Carlos Quentin Chicago White Sox 23
Strikeouts Mark Reynolds Baltimore Orioles 196
Sacrifice Hits Juan Pierre Chicago White Sox 19
Sacrifice Flies Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles 12
Grounded into Double Plays Adrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox 28
Batting Average Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 0.344
On-Base Percentage Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 0.448
Slugging Percentage Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays 0.608
On-Base plus Slugging Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays 1.056
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays 181

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers 24
Losses Jeremy Guthrie Baltimore Orioles 17
Win-Loss Percentage Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers 0.828
Appearances Jose Valverde Detroit Tigers 75
Games Started Trevor Cahill
Dan Haren
C.J. Wilson
David Price
Justin Verlander
Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Texas Rangers
Tampa Bay Rays
Detroit Tigers
34
Complete Games James Shields Tampa Bay Rays 11
Shutouts James Shields
Derek Holland
Tampa Bay Rays
Texas Rangers
4
Games Finished Jose Valverde Detroit Tigers 70
Saves Jose Valverde Detroit Tigers 49
Innings Pitched Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers 251.0
Batters Faced CC Sabathia New York Yankees 985
Hits Allowed Carl Pavano Minnesota Twins 262
Home Runs Allowed Colby Lewis Texas Rangers 35
Base-on-Balls Allowed Gio Gonzalez Oakland Athletics 91
Intentional Base-on-Balls Shawn Camp Toronto Blue Jays 9
Hit Batsmen John Lackey Boston Red Sox 19
Strikeouts Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers 250
Wild Pitches A.J. Burnett New York Yankees 25
Balks 8 tied with 2
Runs Allowed Fausto Carmona Cleveland Indians 125
Earned Runs Allowed John Lackey Boston Red Sox 114
Earned Run Average Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers 2.40
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers 0.920

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the 2011 All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 by a score of 5 to 1. The league's manager was Ron Washington.

[edit] Postseason

The 2011 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 2  
Cent.  Detroit Tigers 3  
    Cent.  Detroit Tigers 2
  West.  Texas Rangers 4
West.  Texas Rangers 3
WC.  Tampa Bay Rays 1  

In the World Series, the American League champion Texas Rangers lost to the National League's St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Justin Verlander, a starting pitcher with the Detroit Tigers. In the award's voting, he had 280 out of a possible 392 points and 13 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was also Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, who won by unanimous vote. In the award's voting, he had 160 out of a possible 160 points and all 28 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Jeremy Hellickson, a pitcher with the Tama Bay Rays. In the award's voting, he had 102 out of a possible 140 points and 17 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 Mark Buehrle Chicago White Sox
C Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles
1B Adrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox
2B Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
3B Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers
SS Erick Aybar Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
OF Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals
Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox
Nick Markakis Baltimore Orioles

[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 Alex Avila Detroit Tigers
1B Adrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox
2B Robinson Cano New York Yankees
3B Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers
SS Asdrubal Cabrera Cleveland Indians
OF Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays
Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox
Curtis Granderson New York Yankees
DH David Ortiz Boston Red Sox

[edit] Notable events

[edit] Further Reading

  • Paul Kocak: Baseball's Starry Night: Reliving Major League Baseball's 2011 Wild Card Night of Shock and Awe, Digitature, New York, NY, 2012. ISBN 0615622305


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