Mike Trout or Miguel Cabrera? The debate over which baseball star deserved American League Most Valuable Player honors in 2012 will rage on for years. One put up a singularly brilliant rookie campaign that was a sabermetrician's dream. The other became the first big leaguer to win the Triple Crown since 1967. Ultimately, Cabrera won the MVP and Trout took home the Rookie of the Year award. Fast forward to 2013 and it seemed voters got it right. The Angels outfielder has gotten off to a slow start while Cabrera just hit three home runs in a game on Sunday and is at or near the top of the important AL offensive categories once again. But Trout was heard from - in a major way - Tuesday night.
The budding superstar became the youngest player to hit for the cycle in American League history. Trout singled in the third, tripled in the fifth, doubled in the sixth and hit a solo shot in the eighth to accomplish the milestone. At 21 years-288 days old, he beats Alex Rodriguez's old mark from 1997. A-Rod was 21 years-313 days old when he turned the trick in a Mariners uniform. Coincidentally, Trout's Los Angeles club beat Seattle 12-0 Tuesday night.
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Moving to the NBA playoffs, the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to send Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs into overtime. But the Spurs prevailed 93-89 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
And Charles Woodson is a Raider once again. The 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who helped the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl title following the 2010 season, played his first eight seasons in Oakland.
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