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Jim Leyland Backs Miguel Cabrera for AL MVP

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For much of the season, Los Angeles Angels rookie phenom Mike Trout has been touted by many as the American League MVP. If you ask Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland though, his third baseman, Miguel Cabrera should take home the award.

"In my opinion, Miggy is the MVP," Leyland told WXYT 97.1 Radio In Detroit. "Although you have time to play yet -- there is time left in the season -- but it the voting were today, Miguel Cabrera is the MVP."

Leyland might sounded a bit biased, but its hard to argue that Cabrera is having an MVP caliber season. Heading into Friday night's games, among American League players, Cabrera ranks second in batting average, fourth in home runs, first in runs batted in, fourth in runs, and third in slugging.

Meanwhile, the recently turned 21-year old Trout is having a rookie seson for the ages. Even though he's only played in 89 games so far, among American League players Trout ranks first in batting average, first in runs scored, first in stolen bases, and second in slugging percentage.

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