Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers clinched the AL Centraltitle with a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday, and Miguel Cabrerahelped his chase for the Triple Crown by going 4-for-5 with a solo home run.
Cabrera's sublime offensive campaign has played a major role in Detroit makingconsecutive postseasons for the first time since 1934-35.
The slugger leads all American Leaguers in batting average (.329) and RBI(137), and moved one home run ahead of Texas' Josh Hamilton with his 44thhomer of the season, inching ever closer to becoming the first Triple Crownwinner since Carl Yastrzemski of the Red Sox accomplished the feat in 1967.
Cabrera's blast came during a five-run sixth inning that was capped by GeraldLaird's three-run double, and the Tigers popped the champagne to celebrate animprobable two-week run.
On September 18, the Chicago White Sox led the AL Central by three games, buttheir 2-10 swoon, coupled with Detroit winning nine of its last 13, has theTigers in the playoffs for the 14th time in franchise history.