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Braun Wins NL Home Run Crown

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Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers (Reuters)
Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers (Reuters)

MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) Ryan Braun became the first Brewer to win the National League home run title since Prince Fielder in 2007. Braun had 41 round-trippers this year, four more than second-place Giancarlo Stanton of Miami.

Chase Headley won the league R-B-I title over second-place Braun last night, 115-to-112. Headley had a run-scoring double and a run-scoring triple in his final game, while Braun had a single but did not drive in anyone.

Braun also led the N-L with 108 runs scored. He finished third in batting average at .319. Buster Posey of San Francisco won the batting title at .336.

The Milwaukee pitchers failed to get the eight strikeouts they needed last night to set a new Major League record for season punch-outs. The Brewers had six K’s – and they became only the second Major League team to surpass 14-hundred for the year, finishing with 14-hundred-two. The 2003 Chicago Cubs own the record.

Milwaukee did become the first team since 1996 to lead the National League in both homers with 202, and stolen bases with 158. Colorado was the last to achieve it 16 years ago.

Miguel Cabrera of Detroit became baseball’s first Triple Crown winner since 1967. He led the American League with a .330 batting average, 44 homers, and 139 R-B-I’s. Cabrera became only the 14th big leaguer to accomplish the feat. Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski was the last to do it in 1967.

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