If Ron Gardenhire had a vote for AL MVP, he would cast it for Miguel Cabrera.
''I'm just tipping my hat to Cabrera, he's the best player in this league,'' the Minnesota manager said Friday before the series opener in Detroit was postponed by rain. ''He's going for a Triple Crown, that's an MVP season. His team is in a playoff hunt not solely dependent on him, but he's the reason they're in it right now.''
Detroit entered play on Friday trailing the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox by two games. The Tigers also were six games behind AL wild-card leaders Baltimore and Oakland.
The rainout will be made up Sunday night as part of a doubleheader.
Detroit will send Doug Fister (9-9) to the mound Saturday afternoon - not Rick Porcello, who was scheduled to start Friday night - and the Twins plan to stick with Samuel Deduno (6-4) in the series opener.
The Tigers will pitch Drew Smyly in one of Sunday's games and might have Max Scherzer available five days after his previous outing ...