Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) is congratulated by third base coach Gene Lamont (22) after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE)
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Detroit already has the AL Central locked up, but Miguel Cabrera improved his chances of winning the Triple Crown on Tuesday.
Cabrera went 2-for-3 with two RBI, but it was not enough as the Kansas City Royals took a 4-2 win over the Tigers in the next to last game of the season on Tuesday.
Cabrera moved his batting average to .331 on the season and drove in his 138th and 139th runs of the season. Along with his 44 home runs, he leads the American League in all three categories, although his lead in homers is just one ahead of Texas' Josh Hamilton.
Should Cabrera find himself at the top of all three at the end of the season on Wednesday, he would be the first Triple Crown winner in either league since Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox in 1967.
Alcides Escobar went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI while Jeff Francoeur added a solo homer for the Royals, who had lost eight of nine coming into the game. Jeremy Guthrie (5-3) gave up two runs on five hits in six innings to win his fifth straight decision.
Doug Fister (10-10) was touched for three runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings for the Tigers, who had a three-game winning streak stopped.
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