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Miguel’s home run in a 6-2 win Wednesday night over the visiting A’s not only helped the Tigers stay hard on the heels of the White Sox in the AL Central race; it left teammates used to his heroics in awe. That’s because his latest highlight moment came on an 0-2 fastball that Oakland pitcher Jim Miller had every intention of wasting.

“You just don’t see that,” said Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander, who was credited with the win. “You execute your pitch, 94 (mph) up at his chin, and he hits a home run.”

Verlander, the reigning AL MVP, has no doubts who deserves that award this season. It’s a debate Miguel Cabrera has so far refused to get involved in, saying only that it would be “a dream.”

“But right now,” he said, “I got to focus on trying to help us make the playoffs.”

Here’s hoping he’s successful, and that his turn in the spotlight of postseason baseball clears up any lingering confusion. Because the last thing Miguel Cabrera should have to worry about after a season like this one is hanging onto his good name.


Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at) and follow him at