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Howard beats out Pujols to win NL MVP award

Updated: November 22, 2006, 1:05 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Ryan Howard had a season that defied convention, one that made him only the second player voted Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in consecutive years.

"I heard sophomore jinx this, sophomore jinx that," he said after beating out 2005 NL MVP Albert Pujols for the award Monday. "I just prepared myself in spring training to go out and perform, stick with my game plan and have fun."

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