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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees interviewed ESPN analyst Aaron Boone for their managerial job today. Boone joins longtime Yankee coach, Rob Thomson, former big league manager Eric Wedge and Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens as candidates for the job vacated by Joe Girardi.

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What made Giancarlo Stanton great? He shored up a weakness. He had a .267 BA/.541 Slug pct vs outside pitches, a 34-point jump in BA and 100 points in slugging percentage from 2016.

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What made José Altuve great? He hit .354/.422/.513 in PA ending with low pitches in 2017. He had only had a .300+ BA vs low pitches once previously (.328 in 2014). He topped previous-best slugging percentage vs low pitches by 67 points (.446 in 2016)

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José Altuve is the second Astros player to win MVP, joining Jeff Bagwell in 1994. Bagwell was inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. Altuve is the fifth player whose primary position was 2B to win the AL MVP award since the BBWAA first awarded it in 1931, and the first since Dustin Pedroia in 2008. The others are Charlie Gehringer (1937), Joe Gordon (1942), and Nellie Fox (1959).

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At 5-6, José Altuve shares the distinction as the shortest player to win a MVP award with Phil Rizzuto (1950) and Bobby Shantz (1952). At 6-6, Giancarlo Stanton becomes the tallest player in baseball history to win a MVP award.

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Pitcher Ryan O'Rourke, formerly of the Twins, has agreed to terms with the Orioles.

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Source: Pitcher Ryan Rourke, formerly of the Twins, has agreed to terms with the Orioles.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

In a bit of a surprise, Jose Altuve was the landslide winner over Aaron Judge in the AL MVP voting, collecting 27 of 30 first-place votes. He becomes the second MVP in Astros history, joining Jeff Bagwell, and he did it on the strength of his all-around brilliance and season-long consistency. He won his third batting title, reached 200 hits for the fourth season in a row, stole 32 bases and played solid defense at a premium position. Not bad for a guy who was told to go home after the first day of a tryout camp when he was 16 years old. He came back the next day anyway. Now he's the MVP.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Jose Altuve wins the MVP award handily, getting 27 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA's voters.