Cabrera's numbers rise in KC

Cabrera's numbers rise in KC

KANSAS CITY-- Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers may be kicking off a three-game road series against the Royals, but Cabrera feels right at home in Kansas City.

Coming into Friday night's game, Cabrera had a career average of .392 with eight homers and 28 RBIs in 24 games at Kauffman Stadium.

But to Cabrera, he doesn't care where he is, or what he hits even, as long as his team wins.

"To me, it's important to win games," he said. "I don't care about personal numbers. I care about winning games and that's it. I don't care if I come in here hitting .400, or even .500, if we're winning games, that's what matters."

It's hard to not notice Cabrera's numbers this season, though. At the start of Friday's game, Cabrera was leading the league in RBIs (51), tied for the lead in home runs (16) and third in the league in batting average (.352).

Manager Jim Leyland wouldn't speculate as to whether Cabrera would win Major League Baseball's Triple Crown, but he did discuss Cabrera as the MVP.

"I don't know if he will ever win an MVP, but I do know this," Leyland said, "going into the year every year, he's a candidate."