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2014 First-Quarter MLB Awards: American League

First-Quarter MLB Awards: American League

Masahiro Tanaka
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With one quarter of the season in the books, let's take a look at the players leading the pack for awards in the American League.

Biggest Surprise: Strength of AL Rookie Class

Yordano Ventura
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Biggest Surprise: Strength of AL Rookie Class

Yordano Ventura
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We knew the Yankees' offseason import Masahiro Tanaka. Most knew about the White Sox Cuban slugger Jose Abreu. But what about Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura? He's only given up more than 3ER runs once this year, and is averaging 10 Ks per nine innings. Or Yangervis Solarte? Leading all rookies with a .313 BA, playing the hot corner for the New York Yankees. This class is deep, talented and fun to watch.

Runner Up: Oakland A's

Biggest Disappointment: David Price

David Price
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Biggest Disappointment: David Price

David Price
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The Rays' southpaw ace doesn't seem like his usually sharp self. Price, following an offseason filled with trade rumors, has surrendered a 4.28 ERA and given up 11 home runs. He only allowed 16 in all of 2013. With Matt Moore already on the shelf with Tommy John surgery, this team needs Price to cement the top of the rotation, as they find themselves in last place in the AL East.

Runner Up: Prince Fielder

Manager of the Year: Bob Melvin

Bob Melvin
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Manager of the Year: Bob Melvin

Bob Melvin
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Usually losing two of your top starting pitchers would slow a team down…not the As. They're 28-16 and haven't skipped a beat despite season-ending surgeries to Jarrod Parker and AJ Griffin.

Runner Up: Brad Ausmus

Rookie of the Year: Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
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Rookie of the Year: Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
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This was tough. Masahiro Tanaka is 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA. He's the lone shining star in a depleted and under-performing Yankees rotation. But Jose Abreu is shattering records. He set the rookie record for home runs and RBIs in April. He leads the bigs with 15 HR and 42 RBI. He is currently on the DL with an ankle injury, but if he stays healthy, we'll have the tightest ROY race in years.

Runner up: Masahiro Tanaka

Cy Young: Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer
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Cy Young: Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
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Scherzer is making the most of his contract year so far, leading the AL in ERA, second in strikeouts and is 6-1. The Tigers and Scherzer have tabled extension talks until the offseason, and Max's agent is probably seeing dollar signs with each of his client's dazzling starts. Scherzer is well on his way to a second straight Cy Young award.

Runner Up: Masahiro Tanaka

MVP: Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera
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MVP: Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera
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What a shocker. Death, taxes and Miguel Cabrera rakes. He's "quietly" batting .316 with seven HRs and 39 RBIs. With Victor Martinez (.331) hitting behind him and Ian Kinsler (.315) hitting in front, Cabrera is in the middle of a delicious slugger's sandwich. Prince who?

Runner Up: Victor Martinez