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Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (24) beats the tag by (Credit: AP)

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (24) beats the tag by Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas to advance to third on a single by Prince Fielder. (Aug. 30, 2012)

Miguel Cabrera

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is a contender for the American League MVP award.

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (24) beats the tag by
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Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (24) beats the tag by Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas to advance to third on a single by Prince Fielder. (Aug. 30, 2012)

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera hits a two-run home run
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Detroit's Miguel Cabrera hits a two-run home run during a game against the Cleveland Indians. (Sept. 4, 2012)

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, left, celebrates with Andy Dirks,
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Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, left, celebrates with Andy Dirks, right, after hitting a two-run home run during a game against the Chicago White Sox. (Aug. 31, 2012)

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Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, left, argues with home plate
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Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, left, argues with home plate umpire Tim Timmons during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels. (Sept. 8, 2012)

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera celebrates a 7-1 win over
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Detroit's Miguel Cabrera celebrates a 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians with manager Jim Leyland at Comerica Park. (Sept. 5, 2012)

Detroit's Prince Fielder, right, celebrates with Miguel Cabrera
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Detroit's Prince Fielder, right, celebrates with Miguel Cabrera after hitting a three-run home run during a game against the Chicago White Sox. (Sept. 12, 2012)

Miguel Cabrera watches his home run off Chicago
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Miguel Cabrera watches his home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy. (Sept. 11, 2012)

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera throws out
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Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera throws out Chicago's Alexei Ramirez at first base. (Sept. 10, 2012)

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Detroit's Miguel Cabrera watches his three-run home run
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Detroit's Miguel Cabrera watches his three-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Joe Smith. (Sept. 16, 2012)

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