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Tigers' Cabrera wins 1st Triple Crown in 45 years

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  • Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera waves to the crowd Wednesday after being replaced during the fourth inning of against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

      Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera waves to the crowd Wednesday after being replaced during the fourth inning of against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- 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.

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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.

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