Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers is closing in on the American League triple crown, which could tip the scales in his favor when it comes time to vote for the Most Valuable Player Award. He entered today with a fairly comfortable lead in batting average over Mike Trout, his chief competition for MVP, .329 to .324. Cabrera had a 9 RBI lead on Josh Hamilton but trailed the Texas Rangers slugger by one home run for the league lead.
In the fifth inning of tonight’s game against the Kansas City Royals it appeared Cabrera was going to pull even with Hamilton in homers. But Alex Gordon had other ideas.
If he can achieve the feat Cabrera would be the first to capture a league’s triple crown since Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski hit .326 with 44 HR and 121 RBI for the Boston Red Sox in 1967.