Perhaps it is the Mike Trout factor, but the 2012 accomplishments of Miguel Cabrera, at least in the eyes of the Tigers, is being undersold. [Cabrera] had two more hits and two more RBIs Tuesday night, and the Triple Crown is in his grasp. Not that he needed further confirmation of his greatness, but surely this would do it. Heck, it might even end that relentlessly tiring MVP debate. ... "I think he's been relatively under the radar for what he's doing," Tigers ace Justin Verlander said before the game. "I haven't seen that much attention on him, not like it should be. It kind of annoys me, but it probably doesn't annoy him. The entire baseball world should be here right now." (The Detroit News) Comment
What looks great on Larry Fitzgerald or Reggie Bush doesn't exactly work for some of the NFL's, ahem, larger fellas. "I hate them. They are built for thin guys," said Alex Boone, a 300-pound starting guard for the San Francisco 49ers. "It makes me look like I have big old love handles." After a decade of wearing Reebok-made jerseys, NFL players this year switched to Nike. ... "I don't really care for the new jerseys," said Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Terrence Cody, who is 349 pounds and 6 feet 4. "I feel like they should put different material in for the big guys." Boone, who complains that his stomach hangs out the bottom of the jersey, said it makes him feel self-conscious. "It makes me look fat," he said, "and I'm not fat." (The Wall Street Journal) Comment
One of the best players in the world appears close to deciding where he'll spend his lockout. But whether he signs with Avangard Omsk of the KHL or HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga -- the two clubs reported to be closest to securing his services -- Claude Giroux thinks he'll wind up back in the NHL before the snow has come and gone. After refusing to offer his opinion on Wayne Gretzky's heart-felt belief that the NHL labour dispute will be resolved before Jan. 1, Giroux went on to indicate he shares a similar sentiment. "I do believe we're going to play this year, to be honest," the Philadelphia Flyers star said [Tuesday]. "The game is doing so well, to go into a lockout for a whole year, that wouldn't be very smart." (Ottawa Sun) Comment
The Brewers' Norichika Aoki is hit with a pitch by the Padres' Tom Layne during the seventh inning of Tuesday's game. (AP)
The final out of Tuesday's Rangers-Athletics game -- which propelled Oakland into a first-place tie with Texas -- as seen from behind home plate.
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