Verlander touts Cabrera's MVP case

Verlander touts Cabrera's MVP case

CHICAGO -- On the same week that Mike Trout's candidacy for American League Most Valuable Player got another boost when he crossed the 10.0 mark in Wins Above Replacement, Justin Verlander did his part to draw attention to Miguel Cabrera's case.

Verlander showed up in the visiting clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field wearing a T-shirt touting Cabrera's cause. He then had a photo taken of the shirt and posted it on his Twitter account.

"Keep the MVP in the D," the T-shirt read, noting Miguel Cabrera's name and number 24 under the Old English D.

Verlander said he could get them for the whole team.

Unlike All-Star balloting, MVP voting is not something a get-out-the-vote drive by players is likely to influence. Members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America -- two representatives in each AL city, in this case -- vote on the honor. Verlander joked that as a reigning MVP, he has some pull.

Cabrera entered Tuesday night trailing Trout by two points in the race for the AL batting title, trailing Josh Hamilton by three in the RBI battle, and trailing Hamilton by five home runs for the AL lead. He leads the AL with a .978 OPS, 15 points higher than Trout.