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Kershaw makes history with NL MVP award; Trout wins in AL

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FILE - NOVEMBER 13, 2014: Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim wins American League MVP by unanimous decision. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: American League All-Star Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels poses with the MVP trophy after a 5-3 victory over the National League All-Stars during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — For once, Clayton Kershaw was glad to see a long shutout streak end.

Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award since Bob Gibson in 1968 on Thursday.

“A little bit of shock, honestly,” the Dodgers ace said. “I guess I never really anticipated to win that.”

A day after unanimously taking the NL Cy Young Award, Kershaw completed a Los Angeles sweep. Angels outfielder Mike Trout was a unanimous pick for the AL MVP.

Trout finished second the past two years to Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera. The 23-year-old Trout was the youngest unanimous MVP pick in major league history.

“Just anxious throughout the day,” Trout said of the waiting period. “I knew the experience I had the last two years. It helped me with it.”

Trout, the MVP of the All-Star game in July, and Kershaw led their teams to West division titles.

Someday, they hope to meet in October.

“I think in the future we’re going to contend for the World Series, year in and year out,” Kershaw said.

To do that, they want to improve in the playoffs. Kershaw went 0-2 with a 7.82 ERA against St. Louis in the Division Series.

The MVP and Cy Young prizes don’t “take the sting away of what happened in the playoffs,” Kershaw said.

Trout went 1 for 12 in a three-game sweep by Kansas City in his first playoff try.

“It’s tough to do. You have all these expectations. You want to do so good,” he said.

The awards voting was completed by the end of the regular season.

Kershaw led the majors in wins and ERA while going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and throwing a no-hitter.

Trout hit .287 and set career highs in home runs (36) and RBIs (111) while leading the major leagues in runs with 115 and extra-base hits with 84. In his third full season, he matched his bests in doubles (39) and triple (nine).

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