Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera takes swings in the filling cages on Wednesday afternoon at Clinton Twp.
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detroit Tiger manager Ron Gardenhire did not want anyone to worry. For a player, a 2-for-22 start to the season is not a big deal.
“It’s just one of those things,” Gardenhire said ahead of Thursday’s game. “He will find his rhythm, he will get some holes. Once he does that, he will be on the run.”
He was referring to Miguel Cabrera, a Triple Crown winner, two-time American League MVP and 11-time All-Star.
And indeed, he did not need to find “a few holes” in Kansas City The strange change of the six men of the Royals.
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He just hit the ball all over – twice.
Despite two directions from Cabrera’s home, and another from second baseman Jonathan Schoop, the Tigers fell, 5-3, to split the four-match series and overall down 4-3.
“I worry about a lot of things,” Gardenhire said after the loss. “I’m not worried about him.”
But Cabrera, 37, had personally begun to worry, said right-hand man Ivan Nova. Above all, he entered the series final – with 10% of the season already in the books – hitting .091 with a homer and two RBIs.
Nova recalled a conversation with Cabrera on Wednesday after he went 0-for-4 with an attack.
“I do not know,” Cabrera told Nova. “I feel good, but I’m not hitting the ball the way I want.”
“It’s better than the day before, so you will continue to progress,” Nova replied, “and the ball will start bouncing off your stick.”
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On Thursday, Cabrera recorded the 40th multi-home game of his career and the first since September 30, 2016. His first home game came against 23-year-old Brady Singer, who left a slider in the area. Cabrera laid him 356 yards out to reverse to tie the game at 1-1 in the first goal.
In the eighth, relief Ian Kennedy went to his broken ball after two fastballs. The 78km / h field was exactly what Cabrera wanted, and he pressed it into a line in the Tigers bullet on the left.
“It was really good to see,” said appearances Austin Romine. “He rode on two balls, doing oppo and pulling one.”
Although the Tigers lost, Cabrera left the field with an average of 0.154, three homers and four RBIs per season – much more encouraging than a few hours ago, especially with just a 60-game schedule.
“He grew a little or whatever, but the boy is still hungry there,” said Nova, who threw the 5⅔ double ball entrance with three shots. “He knows what he has to do there.”
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Before Nova came to the Tigers this offseason, he spent seven years with her New York Yankees (2010-16), three me Pittsburgh Pirates (2016-18) and one with Chicago White Sox (2019), with 237 appearances, including 32 of the appearances on Cabrera plates. The Slugger Tigers have a .259 / .375 / .444 line career against Nova, including a home run and four RBIs.
Nova was joining AL for the Cabrera and Triple Crown MVP efforts in 2012, as well as his repeat MVP season in 2013.
But since then, Nova has also seen injuries. He understands that Cabrera has not made the All-Star game since 2016. He knows that one of the best right-handers of his generation will not be able to place numbers like he did at the end of 20-ts.
“But he’s so smart,” Nova said. “He knows what he has to do, and he does not try to do much.
“It doesn’t take a guy, that’s the first thing. We all have to do our part, but when you have a guy like Miggy, you always want him to come in the box and be the guy who leads us.”
It seems like Cabrera is ready to do just that.
Maybin in IL
The Tigers put striker Cameron Maybin on the injured list on Thursday after the veteran tightened his grip exploding into a single infield in the nine of Thursday’s loss.
The 33-year-old was hitting .214 in 14 attacks this season. This season is his third streak with the Tigers – he was the team’s best choice in 2005 and was eventually traded to the Marlins in the 2007 season deal that brought Cabrera to the Tigers – after signing a one-year deal in the offseason.
Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.