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Tigers' Miguel Cabrera 1st Triple Crown winner in 45 years

10/03/2012 11:31 EDT | Updated 12/03/2012 05:12 EST
Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera became the first player to win baseball’s coveted Triple Crown in 45 years on the final day of the regular season Wednesday.

Cabrera, 29, finished the season batting .330, with 44 home runs and 139 RBI.

Cabrera was pulled in the fourth inning on Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals after going 0-2 with one strikout. He was greeted by his teammates in the Tigers' dugout.

Cabrera then walked back to the top step and waved his helmet as a crowd of mostly Royals fans gave him a standing ovation.

Cabrera wrapped up baseball's first Triple Crown since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

"I would say without question he's enjoyed it. How could you not enjoy what he's done if you're a baseball player?" Tigers manager Jim Leyland prior to the game.

"I would also add to that I doubt very much, knowing him, that he necessarily enjoys all the extra attention, and all the extra conversations he has to have, it's kind of out of his realm in personality, to be honest with you."

Only the Angels' rookie outfielder Mike Trout provided a threat to Cabrera's second consecutive batting title, but he went 2 for 3 to finish with a .326 average.

Detroit on Saturday will begin the postseason at home against Oakland, a matchup that was set when Baltimore lost to Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

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