MINNEAPOLIS Joe Mauer has been in the race before. Three times, he's emerged victorious.
Now, the Minnesota Twins catcher is trying to come from behind to win his fourth American League batting title. Mauer entered Wednesday's game in hot pursuit of Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who is a threat to become baseball's first Triple Crown winner since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Cabrera ended Tuesday's game against Kansas City batting .329. After going 3-for-4 against the Yankees on Tuesday, Mauer was close behind Cabrera at .326.
But Mauer went 0-for-4 in the series finale against the Yankees on Wednesday, dropping his average to .323. He struck out three times against New York ace CC Sabathia before grounding out in his final at-bat.
That dropped Mauer behind Angels rookie sensation Mike Trout, who is batting .324 entering Los Angeles' game Wednesday night against Seattle. Meanwhile, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is still in contention with a .320 average after going 0-for...