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White Sox rookie Abreu fourth in AL MVP balloting

Rookie of the Year Award winner behind Trout, V-Mart and Brantley
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CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu finished fourth in the Baseball Writers' Association of America 2014 American League Most Valuable Player Award voting, as announced Thursday evening.

The White Sox rookie first baseman finished with 145 total points, leaving him behind unanimous AL MVP Mike Trout (420 points), Detroit's Victor Martinez (229) and Cleveland's Michael Brantley (185), while placing him just ahead of Seattle's Robinson Cano (124) and Toronto's Jose Bautista (122).

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu finished fourth in the Baseball Writers' Association of America 2014 American League Most Valuable Player Award voting, as announced Thursday evening.

The White Sox rookie first baseman finished with 145 total points, leaving him behind unanimous AL MVP Mike Trout (420 points), Detroit's Victor Martinez (229) and Cleveland's Michael Brantley (185), while placing him just ahead of Seattle's Robinson Cano (124) and Toronto's Jose Bautista (122).

Abreu received one second-place vote, six third-place votes, three for fourth, one for fifth, six for sixth, five for seventh, two for eighth, two for ninth and one for 10th. He was named on 27 of 30 possible ballots and produced the highest MVP finish for a White Sox player since Frank Thomas finished second behind Jason Giambi in 2000.

Video: Abreu on winning AL Rookie of the Year Award

Abreu's fourth-place finish caps off an amazing first season with the White Sox, after he was selected by the BBWAA as a unanimous AL Rookie of the Year and voted to the same award by his peers for Sporting News and Players Choice. Abreu joined White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez on the list of AL Louisville Silver Slugger winners.

His final numbers included a .317 average, a franchise rookie-record 36 homers, 35 doubles, 107 RBIs, a .383 on-base percentage and a Major League-best .581 slugging percentage over 145 games. But when asked at his Rookie of the Year news conference Monday what he wants to improve on for '15 and beyond, Abreu looked at team goals first.

"What I want to do is win with the White Sox," said Abreu through interpreter and White Sox Spanish language broadcaster Hector Molina. "I think we can do that with the White Sox. I'm happy I'm here at the right moment."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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