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Jose Altuve wins American League MVP

Second baseman helped Astros to World Series title

Jose Altuve (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve capped off his championship season by winning the American League MVP award Thursday.

He received 27 of 30 first-place votes in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America to go along with three second-place votes for a total of 405 points.

AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees finished a distant second place with 279 points, including two first-place votes, 27 for second and one for third.

Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez finished in third place with 237 points, including one first-place vote.

Altuve, 27, led the majors with a .346 batting average in 2017 and added 24 home runs, 112 runs and 81 RBIs. He adds the MVP award to not only a World Series trophy, but also his fourth-straight Silver Slugger Award and the AL Hank Aaron Award, given to the player selected as the top hitter for the season.

He helped the Astros to a 101-61 record, good for second best in the American League and third best overall.

He also came up big in the playoffs, hitting for a .310 average with seven homers, two doubles and 14 RBIs to help Houston to the franchise's first World Series championship.

The five-time All-Star has now led the AL in batting average three times and twice in stolen bases.