Miggy's Triple Crown pursuit going down to wire

Miggy's Triple Crown pursuit going down to wire

Miggy's Triple Crown pursuit going down to wire
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers spent long enough riding Miguel Cabrera's back this month. For one day, Cabrera returned the favor.

As the Tigers celebrated their 2-1 win over the Twins Sunday at Target Field, Cabrera jumped on Prince Fielder's back like he was looking for a piggyback ride. It seemed fitting after Fielder's two-run home run made the difference.

Cabrera's chance at the American League Triple Crown has left Fielder overshadowed for most of the stretch run. To Fielder, however, it isn't overshadowing at all.

"It's supposed to be on him," Fielder said of the spotlight. "It's the Triple Crown he's got. That's Miguel Cabrera. The attention is supposed to be on him, all of it."

Cabrera still has the Triple Crown in his sights despite an 0-for-3 performance Sunday. At this point, though, Josh Hamilton's home run total might not be the biggest of his challenges.

Joe Mauer's three hits Sunday raised his average to .323, just two points behind Cabrera for the AL lead. Mike Trout and Adrian Beltre were both close behind. In fact, the AL's top four hitters for average are within four points of each other heading into the final three games of the regular season.

The good news for Cabrera is that his final three games will be in Kansas City, where his .352 career average is his second highest of any AL Central road park. Cabrera is 9-for-26 at Kauffman Stadium this year.