MLB not likely to bar Cabrera from NL batting crown

National League All-Star Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants holds the MVP trophy after the...

National League All-Star Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants holds the MVP trophy after the National defeated the American League in Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Kansas City, Missouri in this file photo taken July 10, 2012. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 3:04 PM ET

Melky Cabrera struck out this season because of drugs but that won't prevent him from possibly winning the National League batting title.

The San Francisco Giants outfielder was suspended Aug. 15 for a positive test for testosterone, forcing him to miss the final 45 games of the season as part of a 50-game ban.

But Cabrera was still leading the NL in batting entering play Wednesday with a .346 average. Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates was seven points behind.

"We'll see how it all plays out," commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday. "We generally don't interfere in that process. We'll take a look at it at the end of the year."

Cabrera has 501 plate appearances, one short of the required amount to be considered for the batting title. However, under MLB rules, one hitless at-bat would be added and his average recalculated, making him eligible. Even if he did cheat.


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