Miguel Cabrera 1st Triple Crown winner in 45 years

By Ronald Blum

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Los Angeles.

Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press

Miguel Cabrera has won baseball's first Triple Crown in 45 years, achieving one of the game's greatest feats.

Cabrera topped the American League with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, becoming only the 15th player to win the Triple Crown and the first since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout was second in batting at .326, while New York Yankees slugger Curtis Granderson and Texas star Josh Hamilton finished tied for second with 43 homers. Hamilton ranked second with 128 RBIs.

Granderson homered twice Wednesday night, then was removed from the game with the Yankees holding a huge lead against Boston.

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