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A´s Tejada Named American League MVP

It´s been an embarrassment of riches for Bay Area Baseball fans – at least in the post-season honors.

The day after Barry Bonds was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player, Oakland A´s shortstop Miguel Tejada won that honor in the American league.

Tejada beat Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano and Anaheim Angels outfielder Garret Anderson in voting by the Baseball Writers´ Association of America.

Last week — Oakland pitcher Barry Zito won the American League Cy Young award.

Tejada hit .308 with 34 home runs and 131 runs batted in last season. He played excellent defense and did not miss a game all season.