Cabrera continues his Triple Crown ways

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 23, 2012 - 8:40 AM

The Tigers slugger didn't always get his pitch from Twins pitchers, but when he did, it landed in the seats.

view larger photos

  

DETROIT - Miguel Cabrera's bid to become baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years gets stronger by the day, but that doesn't mean the Twins have to pitch to him, manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday.

The Twins' first priority is winning, Gardenhire explained, especially since other teams are fighting with Cabrera's Tigers for a postseason berth.

"We have to do what's right for a baseball game," Gardenhire said. "If that's walking him to get to the next guy ... I'll do it."

Of course, soon after Gardenhire said this, Samuel Deduno put the Twins in such a big hole, Cabrera got chances to hit anyway.

The Tigers third baseman took advantage, going 1-for-4 with his 42nd home run, giving him at least a share of the lead in all three Triple Crown categories, as Detroit pounded the Twins 8-0 at Comerica Park.

Doug Fister (10-9) pitched his first career shutout, and the Tigers pulled within one game of the first-place White Sox, who had a late game against the Angels.

Cabrera leads the American League in batting average (.333) and RBI (131), and he's tied with the Rangers' Josh Hamilton for the home run lead. Hamilton is out this weekend because of a sinus problem.

According to STATS LLC, this is the latest date a player has led all three Triple Crown categories since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski pulled off the feat in 1967. Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew actually tied Yastzremski for the home run lead that year with 44, but baseball still considers that a Triple Crown.

How badly does Cabrera want it?

"You know, I'll leave that up to God," he said. "If it's going to happen, it will happen, but I've got to keep working. ... It's something special if it happens, but I have to go out there and have fun and try and play my best baseball."

It helps having the Tigers in a pennant race, Cabrera said. Yastrzemski won his Triple Crown in a riveting four-team race, as his Red Sox outlasted the Twins, Tigers and White Sox. Yastrzemski went 7-for-8 with six RBI in the last two games -- both victories over Minnesota -- completing Boston's "Impossible Dream."

"I think it helps you a lot to focus more because it's a different feeling when you're out at this point in the season," Cabrera said. "It's kind of like when you're not working; you go to your house after this. Well, right now we have a shot, man."

Detroit has five games remaining with the Twins and seven with the Royals, two teams whose biggest weaknesses are starting pitching. Cabrera is batting .481 (25-for-52) with five homers and 21 RBI this year against Minnesota. Over his past 10 games overall, he's batting .415 with seven homers and 15 RBI.

With three batting titles, Joe Mauer is lurking in the batting race with Mike Trout and Derek Jeter. Mauer went 2-for-4, raising his average to .323.

Cabrera, 29, grounded out to second and walked in his first two plate appearances. But after home runs by Austin Jackson and Delmon Young helped build Detroit's 7-0 lead against Deduno (6-5), reliever Anthony Swarzak challenged Cabrera with a 3-1 pitch.

Goodbye, baseball.

"The young man's going to get his hits," Gardenhire said. "He's going to do what he did today. It looked like a golf ball. He's incredible."

  • related content

  • Twins scorecard

    Saturday September 22, 2012

    FIRST INNING

  • Contenders rough up Deduno

    Saturday September 22, 2012

    DETROIT - A successful season has started to unravel for Twins pitcher Samuel Deduno.

  • Recap: Detroit 8, Twins 0

    Saturday September 22, 2012

    Doug Fister completed his first career shutout, giving up seven hits and no walks.

  • The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera turns on the third base line to wat...

  • DETROIT 8, TWINS 0

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final123456789RHE
Minnesota000000000040
Detroit «00100002X340
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:D.Price(15-12) L:K.Gibson(13-12) S:J.Nathan (35)
HR: MIN- None DET- I.Kinsler (17)

ADVERTISEMENT

San Francisco 7 Top 8th Inning
Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 10/2/14 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Denver
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
Seattle 10/6/14 7:30 PM
Washington
Washington 1 FINAL
Buffalo 6
Carolina 3 FINAL
Columbus 6
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL
Detroit 0
Montreal 2 3rd Prd 5:53
Chicago 1
Arizona 2 3rd Prd
Edmonton 2
Fla Atlantic 10/2/14 6:00 PM
FIU
UCF 10/2/14 6:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 10/2/14 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Syracuse
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Army
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Maryland
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Indiana
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Texas
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Clemson
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Colorado
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rice
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Kentucky
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Virginia
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Is Paul Molitor the best choice to manage Twins?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close