The Detroit Tigers had reason to celebrate Monday night after being crowned division champions for a second straight year.
But the regular-season party might be far from over.
Miguel Cabrera inched closer to the coveted Triple Crown and highlighted an otherwise meaningless game that saw the Tigers fall to the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, in a game that had zero playoff implications.
With one game to go, Cabrera now holds a hefty lead in two of the three categories needed to be crowned king after another multi-hit game against the Royals.
KEY TO THE GAME
With the division already locked up, much of tonight's focus -- once again -- shifted back to Cabrera and his pursuit of the first Triple Crown since 1967.
And, like he has for much of the year, he delivered.
Trailing 1-0, Cabrera's two-run single in the third inning off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie scored Danny Worth and Quintin Berry to give the Tigers a one-run lead they'd hold for most the game.
The two-run liner gave Cabrera 139 RBIs this season, essentially, padding his league lead over runner-up Josh Hamilton by 11. Unless Hamilton matches a Major League record Wednesday with 12 RBIs, it's safe to assume Cabrera has wrapped up the RBI title.
-- In his first at-bat, Cabrera hit a two-out blooper in the first inning that fell into shallow center, raising his batting average to .330. His third-inning comebacker raised it to .331.
Miguel Cabrera drives in 2 runs, inches closer to Triple Crown; Detroit Tigers fall to Kansas City
Michigan Live | Oct 3