MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Cabrera is getting tired of talking about the Triple Crown. Nevertheless, he's in line to win it.
"I want to talk about the team," Cabrera said. "There's too many distractions right now. I've been talking too much about the Triple Crown. I want to go out there and play my game."
Fortunately, his 43rd home run of the year on Saturday night allows his stats to speak for themselves.
If the numbers don't, his teammates will.
"At this point, I think his case [for American League MVP] is made," Verlander said. "I mean, we've got four games left, and he's leading the league in the Triple Crown categories. Even if he doesn't get it, I mean, come on. It's surreal, unbelievable what he's done this year."
Cabrera's eighth-inning line drive off former teammate Casey Fien barely cleared the left-field fence, moving him into a tie with Josh Hamilton for the AL home run lead. The three-run shot stretched his RBI total to a league-leading 136, while his AL-best batting average is .327.
Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer went 0-for-3, dropping his average to .320.
Cabrera said he spent the last couple days working in the cage with hitting coach Lloyd McClendon on his approach after a mini-slump for most of this week.
"I was swinging at a lot of offspeed [pitches] in the dirt," Cabrera said. "I was pulling a lot of balls. I always want to stay inside on the ball. We worked the last couple days in the cage to try to get the swing right."
He has scorched two line drives to either corner over the last two games. His opposite-field drive Friday hit high off the wall. His pulled drive Saturday landed in the seats.