09/04/12 4:40 PM ET
Cabrera is AL Player of Month for second time
Tigers slugger hit .357, smashed eight homers, collected 24 RBIs in August
By Zack Meisel / MLB.com
The third baseman captured his second career American League Player of the Month award, joining Alan Trammell as the only repeat winners in Detroit history. Cabrera batted .357 (35-for-98) in August, with eight home runs, 24 RBIs and 19 runs scored in 26 contests. Cabrera also earned the honor in July 2008. It's the 11th time a Tiger has won the distinction.
Cabrera started August with five hits and three RBIs in his first two games. Later in the week, he tallied three homers and seven RBIs over a three-game stretch against the Indians and Yankees. The 29-year-old hit .545 (12-for-22) with two homers and eight RBIs over a six-game span from Aug. 12-18.
Overall, Cabrera is batting .331 with 34 doubles, 33 homers and 111 RBIs entering Tuesday's game against Cleveland. He leads the AL with a .588 slugging percentage and .986 OPS, and ranks among the top five in the AL in batting average, RBIs and homers.
Cabrera's counterpart in the middle of Detroit's batting order, Prince Fielder, also had a stellar August, hitting .370 with seven homers and 21 RBis. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre also earned consideration for the award after batting .33s with seven homers and 21 RBIs and notching a three-homer game and a cycle within one week.