DETROIT -- Just about everyone in the American League race for the home run title went deep Monday night, except for Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who was held to a single in four at-bats in a 6-2 win over the Royals. As a result, he fell out of the lead in one of the Triple Crown categories.
Texas' Josh Hamilton returned to the lineup after a five-game absence and sent one out of the park to break the first-place tie with Cabrera. Hamilton has 43 dingers on the year, while Cabrera sits at 42.
White Sox slugger Adam Dunn added two dingers to his tally to pull one back of Cabrera with 41. Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion hit his 41st as well. And despite playing at Target Field, Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson belted his 40th.
However, Cabrera retained a comfortable lead in batting average and RBIs.
Hamilton's solo shot put him at 124 RBIs on the year, but Cabrera has 133 -- nine ahead of Hamilton and 23 ahead of the next-closest hitter, Minnesota's Josh Willingham (110).
Going 1-for-4, Cabrera's average remained at .331. Twins catcher Joe Mauer had reached .326 after Sunday's first game of the Tigers-Twins doubleheader and was in striking distance, but he's gone 1-for-8 since to drop to .322. Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the closest challenger at .323.
The good news for Cabrera is he's 15-for-49 (.306) against the Royals this year, though he has no home runs.