Found September 26, 2012 on
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By ANTHONY ANDROFOXSportsSouthwest.com
ARLINGTON, Texas The only person standing between Detroit's Miguel Cabrera and a Triple Crown is pulling for the Tigers' slugger to be the first to achieve the milestone since 1967.
That doesn't mean Josh Hamilton plans to go into a power funk though.
Cabrera started the day leading the American League in batting average and RBI. He's second to Hamilton in homers Hamilton's 43rd Monday broke a tie.
"He's got to hit more home runs," Hamilton said. "I'm not going to stop playing. I'm rooting for him but at the same time I'm going out and I'm not not trying to hit home runs. I'm just playing the game. He's so close I'd definitely like to see it happen."
The last Triple Crown winner was Boston's Carl Yastrzemski. One thing that could help Cabrera is if the Rangers decide to rest Hamilton if they clinch the AL West. Hamilton, who missed five games because of ocular keratitis, said he thinks his timing is good enough that if he was to rest it wouldn't hurt him.
Rest doesn't figure to be in the cards for Cabrera, whose Tigers are battling Chicago for the AL Central title. If Cabrera passes Hamilton, he wouldn't mind.
"I'm excited about it," Hamilton said. "As a fan of the game I enjoy watching other guys succeed at what they do. I asked somebody the other night if Miggy had ever won an MVP and they said no. What a great thing it would be for him to accomplish that and the Triple Crown in the same season. It would be pretty special."
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Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was able to rejoin
his club last night for the start of their series against the Oakland Athletics.
Prior to the contest, the Rangers announced that Hamilton’s recent absence due
to blurred vision was the result of “too much caffeine and sports drinks,”
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One week from today, we'll know.
We'll know if baseball stages an encore to last year's Game 162 magic.
We'll know if Miguel Cabrera becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years.
We'll know if the storybook seasons of the A's and Orioles stretch into the playoffs.
We'll know if the Angels or Rays shatter the odds and snare a wild-card berth.
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On an edition of SportsCenter Wednesday afternoon, Rob Parker and Keith Law had a debate about the AL MVP award. I can't find any video online to share the ridiculousness, but essentially, Law provided rational arguments arguing for Mike Trout while Parker took a page from the Skip Bayless book and made his point in favor of Miguel Cabrera by being loud.
Last Week: 3-4
This Week: KC (9/24-27); at Min (9/28-30)
So, What Happened?
Just another bob and weave ride on the choppy waters inside the Good Ship Tiger Pop.
That’s what this team does to you: raises and lowers your hopes like a school flag.
The Tigers fell three games back on Monday after suspect (and MMM is being kind) defense doomed them in a makeup game...