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Miguel Cabrera had four hits, including a homer during a five-run sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers held off the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Monday night to clinch the AL Central title.
Gerald Laird added a bases-loaded double, Rick Porcello (10-12) pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and Jhonny Peralta went deep off Bruce Chen (11-14) to help Detroit reach the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 1934-35.
After hanging over the dugout railing the entire ninth inning, the Tigers streamed onto the field and behind the pitchers' mound to celebrate their accomplishment the moment Jose Valverde got Alcides Escobar to ground out to shortstop with a runner on second for his 35th save in 40 chances.
The Tigers (87-73) will have the worst record among AL division champions, which means they'll open the playoffs Saturday at home against the division winner with the second-best mark.
Not that when and where matters much to Jim Leyland's bunch.
BEST OF MAXIM
For the first time since the steroid era ended, the MLB playoffs will have the Yankees, a first-time Nats, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, the World Series runner-up Rangers, Bryce Harper (22 HR, 59 RBI) and a new wildcard playoff game. Can’t get excited about that? What’s wrong with you? It’ll also be the first playoffs for MLB girlfriends Kate Upton and Angela Rypien.
I have to admit, I never thought I would live to see a Triple Crown winner in Major League Baseball.
On this night, Miguel Cabrera becomes the first man in baseball to win it since Carl Yastremski in 1967.
Cabrera polished off a .330, 44 home run, 139 RBI season. And I didn’t own him on any fantasy teams. What a joy that must have been.
Miguel Cabrera wrapped up the American League Triple Crown, becoming the first player to do so since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Continue reading →
Miguel Cabrera hit his 43rd home run of the season as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-4 Saturday afternoon taking another big step in securing the AL Central title.
Cabrera also took another big step in his quest for the Triple Crown.
With his 43rd home run this afternoon, Cabrera moved into a tie with Texas’ Josh Hamilton for the AL lead. Currently Cabrera leads...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On Monday night, in a division-clenching game that kicked off the final series of the season, Miguel Cabrera shook off the burden of chasing a once-in-a-generation achievement and paved for himself a possible place in baseball among men like Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig and Ty Cobb.
It was a perfect, beautiful night for the game in a place that has...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to achieve the Triple Crown in the AL Central-champion Detroit Tigers' 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Cabrera went 0 for 2 with a strikeout, then left in the fourth inning of the regular-season finale. He received a standing ovation from the opposing fans.
He finished with...
This is what we know early Wednesday afternoon:
The Detroit Tigers have won the American League Central and will open the playoffs at home on Saturday, with Justin Verlander on the mound.
Miguel Cabrera is on the verge of winning baseball's first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat in 1967.
The only person really standing in Cabrera's way is Texas...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera had two hits, drove in two runs and pressed ever closer to the first Triple Crown in 45 years Tuesday night. Now, the question facing the Detroit Tigers star is whether to play in the regular-season finale against Kansas City.
Cabrera said he'd do what manager Jim Leyland asks of him. Leyland said he'll play Cabrera if he wants. It...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera had four hits, including a homer during a five-run sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers held off the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Monday night to clinch the AL Central title.
Gerald Laird added a bases-loaded double, Rick Porcello (10-12) pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and Jhonny Peralta went deep off Bruce Chen (11-14) to help Detroit...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to win baseball's Triple Crown on Wednesday night, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig.
Cabrera's milestone wasn't official until the Yankees pinch hit for Curtis Granderson in their game against the Boston Red Sox. Granderson had homered...