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Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Detroit won the final game of the season against Kansas City, 1-0, but the real story of the night was Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to win a Triple Crown, as he finished the season with a batting average of .330 along with 44 home runs and 139 RBI. He finished tops in the AL in all three categories while leading the majors in home runs and RBI.

It's the 14th time in major league history that a player has accomplished the feat.

He went 0-for-2 on Wednesday and exited after striking out in the fourth inning. Cabrera got a standing ovation from the Kauffman Stadium crowd as he departed and came out for a curtain call.

Cabrera became the first player to take home the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski turned the trick in 1967 with the Boston Red Sox. The Hall of Famer hit .326 with 44 homers and 121 RBI that season and won his first and only AL MVP.

Austin Jackson drove in the only run of the game for the Tigers (88-74), who won the AL Central for the second straight year on Tuesday and will host Oakland on Saturday to begin the ALDS.

Max Scherzer pitched four innings for Detroit and gave up just three hits. Luis Marte (1-0) got the win after he pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up just two hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Alcides Escobar and Johnny Giavotella each had two hits for the Royals (72-90), who finished a ninth straight losing season. Luis Mendoza (8-10) gave up the one run on six hits over seven innings.

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