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Miguel Cabrera a concern as Detroit Tigers face Oakland Athletics

American League hitter Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit

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As the Tigers face the Athletics in Game 3 of a tied American League Division Series, the most explosive performer on either team has so far been a dud.

It’s not necessarily Miguel Cabrera’s fault that he’s 2-for-8 – both singles – through the first two games. An abdominal strain has robbed him of his gargantuan power. But it’s particularly disconcerting for a Tigers team that probably needs...

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Vote: 2013 MLB postseason awards

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It's a different season, but it's the same debate for AL MVP.

With the MLB season winding down, it's time to think about who will win each of baseball's most prestigious awards. Just like last year, the most debated award will be for AL MVP, where Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera square off in their "sabermetrics vs. Triple Crown" rematch of last...

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Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout for MVP. Again.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout races from

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One American League MVP candidate just left the Bronx. Another arrives Monday night.

Yep, it's time for Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout, old school vs. new school, Round 2.

The arguments are similar to last year.

Cabrera plays for a (likely) playoff-bound team and is one of the game's best hitters. Heck, he hit two home runs off Mariano Rivera in back-to-back appearances by the greatest...

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Mariano Rivera blows save in three straight games for first time in career

Mariano Rivera reacts after giving up a solo

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More often than not, seeing Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning means game over. But not on Sunday.

For the first time in his career, Rivera blew a save in his third straight games. The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez hit back-to-back home runs off Rivera to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the ninth Sunday.

But for the second time in three games Brett Gardner came...

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