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Monday, 30 September 2013 14:23

Cabrera wins 3rd straight AL batting title

MIAMI (AP) - Miguel Cabrera will happily settle for a single crown. The Detroit Tigers slugger fell short in his bid to become the first player to win the Triple Crown in successive seasons. But Cabrera clinched his third batting title in a row, sitting out Sunday's regular-season finale at Miami - a no-hitter by the Marlins' Henderson Alvarez - to finish with an average of .348. Now he's headed for the playoffs with the AL Central champion Tigers. He denied any disappointment about not winning another Triple Crown. Actually, his statistics are better for 2013 than for 2012, when he was the AL MVP. His batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage all were higher than a year ago.