First Detroit Tigers bassist Miguel Cabrera swings on Macaba launch cages in a swing on Wednesday afternoon at Clinton Twp.

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tiger Manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t want anyone to worry. For one player, the start of season 2 for 22 is not a big deal.

“It’s just one of those things,” Gardenhire said before Thursday’s game. “She finds her swing, she gets some holes. As soon as he does, he will be on the run. “

He had in mind Miguel Cabrera, the winner of the Triple Crown, the two-time MVP of the American League and the 11-time All-Star.

And he didn’t really need to find “any holes” in Kansas City Royals’ odd move to six men.

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He simply hit the ball on everyone – twice.

Despite two home runs, Cabrer and another second baseman, Jonathan Schoop, the Tigers fell 5-3 to split a series of four games and dropped to 4-3 overall.

“I’m afraid of a lot of things,” Gardenhire said after the defeat. “I’m not worried about him.”

However, the 37-year-old Cabrera became a little worried, said Ivan Nova, a right-handed pitcher. After all, he entered the finals of the series – with 10% of the season already in the books – beating 0.091 with one homer and two RBIs.

Nova recalled an interview with Cabrera on Wednesday after leaving 0: 4 with one strike.

“I don’t know,” Cabrera Nova said. “I feel good, but I won’t hit the ball the way I want.”

“It’s better than the day before, so you’ll keep moving,” Nova replied, “and the ball will start bouncing off the bat.”

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On Thursday, Cabrera recorded the 40th multi-member game of her career, and for the first time since September 30, 2016. His first home run came against 23-year-old Brad Singer, who left a rider in the zone. Cabrera drove 356 feet in the opposite way, tying the game to 1-1 in the first inning.

Ian Kennedy’s relief continued in the eighth after the ball was broken after the ball was broken. The 78 km / h climb was exactly what Cabrera wanted, and he broke it on the line into the tiger bull on the left.

“It was really good to see,” said catcher Austin Romine. “He got a few balls, went opp and pulled one out.”

Although the Tigers lost, Cabrera left the field with an average of 0.154, three homers and four RBIs in a season – much more encouraging than a few hours ago, especially with only a 60-game schedule.

“He’s a little older or whatever, but the guy’s still hungry,” said Nova, who threw 5 attacks of a two-hour three-shot ball. “He knows what he has to do there.”

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Before Nova came to the Tigers from this offseason, he spent seven years with New York Yankees (2010 – 2016), three p pittsburgh Pirates (2016 – 18) and one s Chicago White Sox (2019), with 237 performances, including 32 performances by Cabrer’s plates. The Tigers slugger has a career 0.259 / 0.377 / 0.444 line against Nova, including one home run and four RBIs.

In 2012, Nova presented herself in AL for Cabrera’s efforts for the MVP and Triple Crown, as well as for the repeated MVP season in 2013.

Since then, however, Nova has also experienced injuries. He understands that Cabrera has not brought the All-Star game since 2016. He knows that one of the best right-handed hitlers of his generation will not be able to increase numbers, as he has done in the last 20 years.

“But he’s so smart,” Nova said. “He knows what he has to do and he doesn’t try to do too much.

“It doesn’t mean one guy, that’s the first thing. We all need to be involved, but when you have a guy like Miggy, you always want him to come into the box and be the person who leads us. “

Cabrera seems ready to do just that.

Maybin and IL

The Tigers placed Cameron Maybin on the injured list on Thursday after the veteran fired a four in the ninth change of Thursday’s loss.

The 33-year-old hit 2,114 in 14 bats this season. This season is his third stand with the Tigers – it was the team’s best team selection in 2005 and he finally traded with the Marlins in the 2007 offseason deal that brought Cabrera the Tigers – after signing a one-year offseason deal.

Evan Petzold is a sports intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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