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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado finishes fifth in MVP voting, Zach Britton 11th

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Manny Machado earned his second top-five finish in MVP voting, while Zach Britton was highest pitcher at 11.

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado finished fifth in the voting for American League Most Valuable Player, which was announced Thursday. It was Machado's second straight top-five finish, as he placed fourth a season ago.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout won his second MVP award and first since 2014 with 19 first-place votes, followed by Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.

Machado was one of six players listed on every ballot for the award, which is voted on by 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The highest he placed on any ballot was fourth.

At age 23, Machado set career highs by batting .294 with 37 home runs, 96 RBIs and an .876 OPS while making his third All-Star appearance.

Teammate Zach Britton, the Orioles closer, finished 11th in MVP balloting, higher than any other pitcher in the voting. Britton converted all 47 of his save opportunities and had a 0.54 ERA in 2016.

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