ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton went into Tuesday's game with 43 home runs, one more than Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Cabrera still led the league in batting average and RBIs, meaning right now Hamilton is standing in his way of being baseball's first Triple Crown winner since 1967. Hamilton has led the league in batting average and RBIs but has never led the league in home runs.
He wouldn't mind if Cabrera ended up winning in all three categories because of what it would mean to win the Triple Crown.
"I'm excited about it for him," Hamilton said. "I enjoy watching guys succeed at what I do. What a great accomplishment that would be. But I'm not going to stop playing. I'm rooting for him, but I'm not going to go out there and not try to hit home runs. But he's so close, I would definitely like to see it happen."
Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski was the last player to win the Triple Crown, accomplished in 1967 when he led the American League with a .326 average, 44 home runs and 121 RBIs. Yastrzemski actually tied with Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew for the most home runs but still was credited with the Triple Crown.