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Nelson Cruz finishes seventh in AL MVP voting; Adam Jones 14th

Nelson Cruz finishes seventh in AL MVP voting; Adam Jones 14th
Nelson Cruz wasn't listed first or second on any of the 30 ballots cast for American League MVP. (Dilip Vishwanat, Getty Images)

Orioles designated hitter-left fielder Nelson Cruz finished seventh in the Baseball Writers' Association of America's voting for American League Most Valuable Player, while center fielder Adam Jones placed 14th.

Cruz, who was selected as the Most Valuable Oriole this past season, was named on 17 of the 30 ballots in the voting that was done before the postseason started and was announced Thursday on MLB Network. He had six votes for third place, three for fourth, two for fifth, two for sixth, two for seventh, one for ninth and one for 10th.

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Cruz led the major leagues with 40 home runs and also finished third in the AL in RBIs (108), total bases (322) and extra-base hits (74) while playing in 159 games for the Orioles.

Jones, who batted .281 with 29 home runs and 96 RBIs in 159 games and won his third consecutive AL Gold Glove Award this year, was listed on 10 of the 30 ballots. He received one vote for fifth, three for sixth, one for seventh, one for eighth, two for ninth and two for 10th.

This was the first time in his 10-year career that Cruz received votes for MVP, while Jones finished sixth in 2012 and 13th in 2013.

The Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout was a unanimous selection for the award after finishing as the runner-up in 2012 and 2013. The Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez placed second, and the Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley finished third.

The full breakdown of the voting can be found on the BBWAA's website.

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