Alcides Escobar named MVP of the ALCS

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Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has been named MVP of the American League Championship Series, which the Royals won in six games over the Blue Jays.

Though Escobar went 1-for-4 with a single in Game 6, he had 10 hits — including two doubles and a triple — with five RBI and six runs scored in 23 trips to the plate in the first five games of the ALCS. He hit safely in all six games, ending with a .478 average.

In his biggest game, Escobar managed to rack up four hits, including a triple, while scoring three times as the Royals lost Game 3 by an 11-8 score to the Blue Jays.

During the regular season, Escobar hit .257/.293/.320 with 28 extra-base hits in 662 plate appearances.

Lorenzo Cain earned ALCS MVP honors for the Royals last year, when they eliminated the Orioles in four games.