MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Cabrera came within a few feet of moving back into command of his Triple Crown race. Instead he ended up with one hard-hit single.
It was that kind of frustrating night for Cabrera, even as he went 2-for-4 to raise his league-leading average to .327 and build his lead over Joe Mauer to five points. Cabrera was thrown out at home plate in the sixth inning to halt a two-out rally, and the Tigers lost, 4-2.
Whether or not Cabrera could have made second base on his ball was not in question, as quickly as the ball made it to the wall and the way Ben Revere fielded it on the bounce. But Cabrera appeared somewhat flustered once Prince Fielder's single advanced him into scoring position.
Cabrera was waved around third on Delmon Young's ensuing ground ball to right, an outright challenge to Revere to make a play with the slumping Jhonny Peralta on deck. Revere needed an accurate throw to get him, and he delivered, easily beating Cabrera to the plate.
Cabrera seemed to struggle to gain momentum rounding third base, and his subsequent movements raised the question whether the sore right ankle that hampered him a month ago might be bothering him again.
"No, I feel good," Cabrera answered.
Said manager Jim Leyland: "I don't think he's hurting. I think he's fine. I don't think there's any problem with him physically."
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