Cabrera Essentially Captures Triple Crown

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera celebrates with teammates after his solo home run in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Miguel Cabrera went oh for 2 in Kansas City Wednesday night, but he essentially won the American League triple crown in the process. The Tigers' 3rd baseman was removed from the game midway through the 4th inning to a standing ovation from the Royals' home crowd. Cabrera finished with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 runs batted in. He is the first triple crown winner since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Cabrera hugged his teammates when he returned to the dugout. The Tigers open the playoffs at home Saturday at 6:07pm against the Oakland A's.

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