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Miguel Cabrera wins Triple Crown

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DAVE SKRETTA | AP Sports Writer

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 twice to reach 43 for the year, tied with the Rangers' Josh Hamilton and one shy of Cabrera.

Cabrera went 0 for 2 against the Royals before leaving in the fourth inning to a standing ovation. He finished the regular season with a .330 average, four points better the Angels' Mike Trout, his biggest competition for MVP. Cabrera was the runaway leader with 139 RBIs.

Boston's Carl Yastrzemski was the previous player to achieve the Triple Crown in 1967.

 YearHRRBIAvg.
Miguel Cabrera, Det 2012 44 139 .330
Carl Yastrzemski, Bos 1967 44 121 .326
Frank Robinson, Bal 1966 49 122 .316
Mickey Mantle, NYY 1956 52 130 .353
Ted Williams, Bos 1947 32 114 .343
Ted Williams, Bos 1942 36 137 .356
Joe Medwick, StL 1937 31 154 .374
Lou Gehrig, NYY 1934 49 165 .363
Jimmie Foxx, Phi 1933 48 163 .356
Chuck Klein, Phi 1933 28 120 .368
Rogers Hornsby, StL 1925 39 143 .403
Rogers Hornsby, StL 1922 42 152 .401
x-Henry Zimmerman, Chi 1912 14 103 .372
x-Ty Cobb, Det 1909 9 107 .377
x-Nap Lajoie, Phi 1901 14 125 .422
x-Hugh Duffy, Bos 1894 18 145 .438
x-Paul Hines, Providence 1878 4 50 .358

x-RBI was not an official statistic before 1920

SOURCE: MLB

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