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Miguel Cabrera could sit out tonight's game in triple-crown quest

October 03, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Miguel Cabrera singles in the first inning against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Miguel Cabrera singles in the first inning against the Royals at Kauffman… (Julian H. Gonzalez / MCT )

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, trying to become the first player since Carl Yastrzemski to win baseball's triple crown, might sit out tonight's season finale when the Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals.

"I've not made the decision, but I will. I'm going to think about it tonight. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do," Tigers Manager Jim Leyland said.

Cabrera is hitting .331, seven points higher than Mike Trout of the Angels. He has 139 RBIs, 11 more than Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton. He is vulnerable in home runs, where he has 44, only one more than Hamilton.

But sitting out tonight's game could lead some to claim he backed into the triple crown, rather than take a chance at going 0 for 5 and perhaps losing his batting-average lead.

"What's the difference what I do? He’s certainly not backing into anything." Leyland said. "Enough is enough. What do you want him to do? In my opinion, if somebody tries to create a flaw in this, it's not there."

What would you do? Play him? Sit him out? Leave a comment and let us know.

The Associated Press contributed to this post.

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