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Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, Angels' Mike Trout capture MVP

Clayton Kershaw will need to find a little more room to his already crowded trophy case.

Just one day after garnering a third career Cy Young Award in unanimous fashion, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace became the first pitcher in 46 years to be named the National League's Most Valuable Player.

Kershaw's win was part of a Southern California sweep of Major League Baseball's most prestigious honor, with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout unanimously claiming top honors in the American League after runner-up finishes to Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera in each of the previous two years.

Trout was not to be denied this time, putting together a sensational all- around 2014 campaign to easily outdistance another Tiger, Victor Martinez, for the award. The five-tool superstar was named first on all 30 ballots cast for a total of 420 points to become the 10th unanimous selection in AL history.

"It's unbelievable, just to think about it," said Trout afterward. "If you would've told me this before, when the season started, I would've just laughed at you. This is an unbelievable feeling."

The NL race was a bit closer, with Kershaw earning 18 first-place votes and 355 points to fend off challenges from Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and 2013 league MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Stanton finished atop eight ballots and accumulated 298 points, with McCutchen capturing the other four first-place votes and taking in 271 points.

Kershaw is the first NL hurler to win the award since St. Louis' Bob Gibson in 1968 and only the 11th pitcher in MLB history to pull off the Cy Young-MVP double in a season. The Tigers' Justin Verlander was the last to do so in 2011.

The soft-spoken left-hander is also the first Dodgers' MVP since Kirk Gibson back in 1988.

Trout, who turned 23 on Aug. 7, is the third-youngest AL winner and first unanimous choice since Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997. Oakland Athletics pitcher Vida Blue was 22 when he captured the award in 1971, while Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. turned 23 on Aug. 24 when he was named MVP in 1983.

Only two Angels, Don Baylor in 1979 and Vladimir Guerrero in 2004, had previously won the AL MVP.

Trout, the youngest unanimous recipient in MLB history, made it three for the franchise by topping the Junior Circuit with 111 RBI and 115 runs scored and tying for third among AL players with 36 home runs.

The 2012 AL Rookie of the Year added 39 doubles, nine triples and 16 stolen bases while batting .287 with a .561 slugging percentage, which trailed only Martinez and Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu for the best in the AL.

Trout's efforts helped the Angels record an MLB-best 98 victories this season. Along the way, the New Jersey native won the MVP of the All-Star Game after going 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI in the AL's 5-3 triumph over the NL in Minneapolis.

"Mike Trout has been an all-around force over the past three seasons," said Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto. "This honor is well deserved and further affirms his position as the premier player in the game. We are all proud of his accomplishments and thrilled that he's a part of the Angels family."

While Trout was a clear-cut choice in the AL, Kershaw put together a season for the ages to beat out a pair of deserving candidates in Stanton and McCutchen.

Though limited to just 27 starts by an early-season muscle strain that caused him to miss more than a month, the 26-year-old usually dominated when he was on the mound in 2014. Kershaw tied a career high with 21 wins while losing a mere three games and topping the majors with a 1.77 earned run average, six complete games and an 0.857 WHIP.

Kershaw's brilliant campaign was highlighted by his first career no-hitter -- an otherwise perfect outing against Colorado on June 18 if not for a throwing error by Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning. The four-time All-Star had 15 strikeouts that night and 239 for the season, the third-best mark in the NL.

Kershaw is just the fourth NL pitcher to take home MVP and Cy Young honors in the same season. Three of them have been Dodgers, with Don Newcombe accomplishing the feat in 1956 and Sandy Koufax pulling it off in 1963.

"It's unbelievable," said Kershaw. "I don't know what to say, other than you see that 'most valuable' in front of something, to have people think you really mean that much to your team, it really is a huge honor for me."

The L.A. sweep, meanwhile, is the first by teams in the same market since San Francisco's Barry Bonds and Oakland's Miguel Tejada won the NL and AL MVP, respectively, in 2002.

Stanton stated his case by leading the NL with 37 homers and ranking second in the league with 105 RBI, despite missing the season's final three weeks after being hit in the face by a pitch from Milwaukee's Mike Fiers on Sept. 11. His performance helped the Marlins to a 15-game improvement in 2014.

McCutchen put up similar numbers to his MVP-worthy 2013 season, finishing third in the league batting race with a .314 average and amassing 25 homers and 83 RBI. He, too, missed time with injury, sitting out 14 games in August with a rib fracture.

Martinez, bidding to become the fourth Detroit player in as many years to win the MVP, received 16 second-place votes and 229 points. The veteran designated hitter placed second in the majors with a .335 average and swatted a career- high 32 homers while driving in 103 runs.

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was third in the AL voting with 185 points, 40 more than 2014 Rookie of the Year Abreu.

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