DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera is doing all he can to help the Detroit Tigers remain in the hunt for a second straight AL Central title.

The Tigers hope Max Scherzer is healthy enough to do the same.

With Scherzer on the mound in the opener and Cabrera in pursuit of history, the Tigers conclude their weekend home series against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday with a split doubleheader.

Cabrera hit his 42nd homer and Doug Fister pitched his first career shutout in Saturday’s 8-0 win over Minnesota. Detroit (80-70) has won seven of 10 and is just a half-game behind the division-leading Chicago White Sox.

“This is what you play for, a chance to be in it,” manager Jim Leyland said. “Obviously, we felt we would do a little bit better than this, but we haven’t and we’re still playing for something.”

The Tigers continue to rely on Cabrera, who is flirting with the Triple Crown while leading the AL with a .332 average and 131 RBIs. His career-high 42 home runs are tied for the AL lead with Texas’ Josh Hamilton, who remains out with a sinus problem.

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