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Joe Mauer Chasing Miguel Cabrera, AL Batting Title

With time running out this season, Twins catcher Joe Mauer still hopes that he might win the AL batting title.

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With less than a dozen games left in the season, it would take a minor miracle, but Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer could still potentially win the AL batting title this year if things go his way. Mauer says that he doesn't realistically expect to catch league-leader Miguel Cabrera, though, as Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune writes:

There's 10 games left [for Cabrera], and the way he's swinging the bat, it'd be pretty tough to catch him. But I'm still going to go out there and do what I can do.

Entering Monday's action, Mauer is batting .323 on the year while Cabrera is sitting at .331. The two hitters' batting averages were within six points of each other following Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader, but Mauer went 0-for-5 in Game 2 to drop back a couple points.

For updates on this series, stay tuned to SB Nation Minnesota. For more comprehensive coverage, check out Twins blog Twinkie Town and Yankees blog Pinstriped Bible. For more news, notes and analysis from around the league, visit Baseball Nation.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.