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Detroit — What a difference a year makes.

This time last season, Miguel Cabrera was limping — literally — into the playoffs.

Now, he appears to be feeling as good as he has in more than a year, and he has the hardware to show for it.

Cabrera on Tuesday was named the American League player of the month for September, after batting .379 with a 1.118 OPS, eight home runs and 18 RBIs.

This is the fourth player of the month honor for Cabrera; all of them have come with the Tigers.

He's the second Tiger to win the award this year, after Victor Martinez did in August.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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