Tigers vs. Athletics, 2012 ALDS Game 4: Miguel Cabrera refuses to address media after loss

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Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera refused to conduct interviews with the media after the team's meltdown loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night, much to the chagrin of veteran reliever Octavio Dotel.

The Detroit Tigers suffered a hugely disappointing loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the ALDS, and after the game, third baseman Miguel Cabrera didn't want to talk about it. So he didn't talk about it, with anyone, even after veteran reliever Octavio Dotel urged Cabrera to fulfill his duties as team leader and address the media. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com recapped the awkward scene:

It appeared the Triple Crown winner [Miguel Cabrera] was already over the loss and ready for Thursday's finale. But the mood in the clubhouse took a serious turn and tension surfaced when veteran Octavio Dotel told Cabrera to address the media because it was his job as the leader of the team

Cabrera turned down all interview requests and sat at one of the tables in his dress clothes with his arms crossed. Dotel, still in uniform, sat at the other table and shook his head.

Cabrera has posted a .313/.353/.438 batting line over four postseason games so far in 2012, but he has only one extra-base hit and he has yet to produce an RBI.

A winner-take-all Game 5 is scheduled for 9:37 p.m. ET on Thursday, and Justin Verlander will start opposite A's hurler Jarrod Parker. The winner of that game will take on the other ALDS series between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees. The Yankees hold a 2-1 series lead over Baltimore entering the action on Thursday night.

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