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Pirates' Andrew McCutchen wins NL MVP; Clayton Kershaw is seventh

Pirates' Andrew McCutchen wins NL MVP; Clayton Kershaw is seventh

Andrew McCutchen, the leader and best player of the team that returned postseason baseball to Pittsburgh for the first time in 21 years, was announced Thursday as the National League most valuable player.

Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks finished second, followed by Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Goldschmidt got no first-place votes. McCutchen would have won unanimously had the two St. Louis voters not cast first-place ballots for Molina.

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers placed seventh, the highest finish for an NL pitcher since Roy Halladay was sixth in 2010.

The other Dodgers to receive votes: Shortstop Hanley Ramirez finished eighth,...

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