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Originally published October 3, 2012 at 9:53 PM | Page modified October 3, 2012 at 11:43 PM

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Cabrera wins Triple Crown

Precious few people will ever know exactly how it looked when Miguel Cabrera, one of baseball's reluctant superstars, finally achieved history...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Precious few people will ever know exactly how it looked when Miguel Cabrera, one of baseball's reluctant superstars, finally achieved history 45 years in the making.

Cabrera had slipped away to the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night, where he waited out the final moments in his bid for the Triple Crown. Only a few other Detroit Tigers were with him in the clubhouse, all of them applauding one of the game's great hitters.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," Cabrera said. "I can't describe the feeling right now."

As Detroit beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0, Cabrera became just the 15th player to win baseball's Triple Crown, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig. Cabrera topped the American League with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBI, becoming the first Triple Crown winner in the major leagues since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

Cabrera's achievement wasn't assured until the Yankees pinch-hit for Curtis Granderson, who finished one home run behind Cabrera, in their 14-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox. Cabrera went 0 for 2 against the Royals before leaving in the fourth inning to a standing ovation.

Notes

• Former Boston manager Terry Francona will interview with the Cleveland Indians on Friday, one day after interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. has his formal interview with general manager Chris Antonetti.

• Manager Davey Johnson missed the end of the Washington Nationals' regular-season finale after numbness in his left leg because of a back problem. The 69-year-old Johnson said he started losing feeling in his leg during the third inning and took a muscle relaxer and aspirin.

• The Philadelphia Phillies fired first-base coach Sam Perlozzo, bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross after a 3-1 loss at the Washington Nationals.

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