Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 10/1/12
Ty Cobb and Hank Greenberg, move over. You have company in Miguel Cabrera. When Detroit clinched the American League Central Division title with a 6-3 victory at Kansas City on Monday, Cabrera joined Cobb and Greenberg on the short list of players who have led the Tigers to back-to-back playoff appearances. Cobb's Tigers lost three straight World Series, 1907 through 1909. Greenberg led Detroit to an AL pennant in 1934 and a World Series title in 1935. Cabrera, who helped the Tigers reach the AL Championship Series in 2011, is in a league of his own in 2012. Fittingly, in the clinching game, Cabrera had four hits, including his 44th homer of the season. He now leads all Triple Crown categories with two games remaining in the season, attempting to be the first Triple Crown winner since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. "This is unbelievable," Cabrera told FOX Sports Detroit's John Keating, moments after the final out. "There were a lot of expectations on us, and no one thought we could catch the White Sox. "But we did it. Hopefully, we can go all the way." The Tigers are the first AL team to clinch a division title and will open the playoffs at Comerica Park on Saturday. Justin Verlander will be on the mound, but Detroit might not know until Thursday who their opponent is -- New York, Baltimore, Oakland or Texas.
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