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    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning during Game 4 of the American League championship series against the New York Yankees Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Prince Fielder is one of the game's most feared smashers at the plate, and well, we all know what Miguel Cabrera is capable of coming off his historic Triple Crown season in 2012 and being a pretty strong candidate to pull off the feat again in 2013 — something that would cement his place in baseball history as one of the greatest offensive players of all time.

    The dynamic duo that was formed last season when Fielder surprisingly got an 11th-hour, long-term deal with the Tigers after being courted by several teams in free agency, including the Texas Rangers, and has been wrecking shop ever since.

    Last season, the two combined to hit 74 home runs (Cabrera led the AL with 44) and drive in 247 runs (Cabrera led the AL with 139) while each hitting over .300 (Cabrera led the AL with a .330 batting average).

    This season, Fielder, the Tigers' cleanup hitter, is leading the team with nine home runs, one in front of Cabrera, while Cabrera leads all of baseball with 41 RBIs through 38 games, while each player has an on-base percentage well over .400.

    Facing Yu Darvish tonight, the Tigers' two big boppers will do their best to get on the Rangers ace early as he's given up most of his runs this season in the first inning and has basically been unhittable after the first frame. We'll see if Darvish can continue that trend Thursday night against two of the game's most feared power hitters.