Turns out, Andrew McCutchen won't have to overtake suspended San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera for the National League batting title after all.

Major League Baseball and it players union ruled Cabrera ineligible for the award Friday at Cabrera's request. He was suspended last month for violating the league's drug policy after testing positive for testosterone and petitioned the league Wednesday to be taken out of the race for the batting title.

"It was manly of him to do that," McCutchen said. "I guess he thinks that was the right thing to do, and I commend him for doing that."

McCutchen was hitting .339 entering a three-game series against the Astros. Giants catcher Buster Posey was hitting .335.

"I'm not worried about that right now," McCutchen said of the race for the batting title. "I'm just trying to go out and win right now. We've got something bigger than that. That's a personal accolade right there, and I don't focus on those things until the season's over with."

Cabrera was hitting .346 when he was suspended for 50 games -- which will stretch through the end of the regular season. He had 501 at-bats, one shy of the minimum to be considered for the batting title. But Official Baseball Rule 10.22(a) says for any player who does not reach the minimum number of at-bats, as many hitless at-bats as necessary to reach the league minimum to qualify for the award can be added to his total. If that player still has the highest league batting average, he wins the batting title.