MINNEAPOLIS Twins catcher Joe Mauer and Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera entered this past weekend's series as two of the top hitters in baseball. Cabrera held the lead in the American League batting title race, but Mauer was close behind him.
After three games between Detroit and Minnesota at Target Field, Mauer crept to within .002 of Cabrera following Sunday's series finale. Cabrera went 0-for-3 with an intentional walk, while Mauer was 3-for-4 and was also intentionally walked. As a result, Cabrera's averaged dropped to .325 while Mauer's average rose to .323.
Twins starter Liam Hendriks helped out his teammate by keeping Cabrera hitless in Sunday's finale. Against Hendriks, Cabrera was 0-for-2 with an intentional walk. He grounded out to shortstop to end the first inning and tapped out to first base in the fourth inning. Cabrera's last at-bat of the night came in the eighth inning when he hit a rocket to shortstop that was gloved by Minnesota's Pedro Florimon.
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