Cabrera gets first Triple Crown since Yaz in 1967KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to win baseball's Triple Crown on Wednesday night, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig. He's the 10th Triple Crown winner in baseball history.
Cabrera received a standing ovation after flying out and striking out in his only two at-bats Wednesday night, and leaving the Tigers' game against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning with the Triple Crown in sight.
Cabrera high-fived his teammates as he entered the Detroit dugout, then walked back to the top step and waved his helmet as a crowd of mostly Royals fans gave him a standing ovation.
Cabrera finished the regular season with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs, essentially wrapping up baseball's first Triple Crown since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has won the National League batting title with a .336 average. The previous catcher to win the NL title was Ernie Lombardi of the Boston Braves, who hit .330 in 1942
Francona to interview with Indians...Phillies sack 3 coaches
UNDATED (AP) - Former Boston manager Terry Francona will interview with the Cleveland Indians on Friday.
Francona's meeting will come one day after interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. has his formal interview with general manager Chris Antonetti. Alomar took over the team for the remaining six games of the season when Manny Acta was fired last week.
Francona, who has been working as an analyst for ESPN, led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. He was a special assistant in Cleveland's front office in 2001.
In other also-ran news:
-- The Phillies fired first base coach Sam Perlozzo, bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross following their .500 season that ended a run of five straight NL East titles. And expect more moves. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said there Philadelphia is "definitely going to have some changes on our roster."
-- The Cubs fired third base coach Pat Listach following their 101-loss season.
See other NationalSports news:Wainwright shutout, 19th win as Cards beat Brewers
Angels clinch...Royals inch closer to Tigers
Stanton's season is over...West suspended...Jays' Stroman to appeal suspension
Cardinals' Dwyer arrested...Peterson, Hardy benched again...Call for Goodell resignation
New rules...Bills deal almost done...Niners QB to appear fine