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The first founder of the Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera, took a swing in the Macomb Batting cages on Wednesday afternoon in Clinton Tup.

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tiger leader Ron Gardener didn’t want anyone to worry. For a single player, starting the season with 2 against 22 is not a big deal.

“It’s just one of those things,” Gardershill said before Thursday’s game. “He’ll find his swing, he’ll get some holes. Once he does that, he’ll be on the move.”

He was referring to Miguel Cabrera, a triple crown winner, two-time MVP of the American League and 11-time All-Star.

And in fact he didn’t need to find “any holes” in Kansas City Strange change of six people at Royals.

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He just hit the ball over everyone – twice.

Despite Cabrera’s two home runs and another co-founder, Jonathan Scope, the Tigers fell 5-3 to split the series into four games and fall to 4-3 overall.

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

But the 37-year-old Cabrera was starting to do little, said right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova. Eventually, he entered the series finale – with 10% of the season already in the books – hitting .091 with one homer and two RBIs.

Nova recalled a conversation with Cabrera on Wednesday after he went 0-for-4 with a penalty.

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

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

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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 zone. Cabrera made it 356 feet in reverse to level the game at 1-1 in the first inning.

In the eighth, reliever Ian Kennedy went to his breaking ball after two quick balls. The 78-mile course was exactly what Cabrera wanted, and he crushed it in a line in the Tigers Hall on the left.

“It was really nice to see,” said hunter Austin Romine. “He gets on a few balls, goes oppo and pulls one.”

Although the Tigers lost, Cabrera left the field with an average of .154, three homers and four RBIs for the season – much more encouraging than a few hours earlier, especially with only a 60-game schedule.

“He’s gotten a little older or whatever, but the man is still hungry there,” said Nova, who threw 5⅔ passes on a double ball with three penalties. “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 new York Yankees (2010-16), three p Pittsburgh Pirates (2016-18) and one with Chicago White Sox (2019), with 237 appearances, including 32 appearances on Cabrera’s record. The Tigers’ slogan has a career .259 / .375 / .444 line against Nova, including one household and four RBIs.

Nova climbed into the AL for the MVP of Cabrera and Triple Crown in 2012, as well as for his repeat MVP season in 2013.

But since then, Nova has also seen injuries. He understands that Cabrera has not made an All-Star Game since 2016. He knows that one of the best right-wing strikers of his generation will not be able to put the numbers as he did in his late 20s.

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

“It doesn’t take one person, that’s the first thing. We all need to do our part, but when you have a person like Migi, you always want him to come in the box and be the person to lead us.”

Cabrera seems ready to do just that.

Maybin of IL

The Tigers put outfielder Cameron Maybin on the injured list on Thursday after the veteran strained his four-legged friend in the ninth inning of Thursday’s loss.

The 33-year-old has hit .214 in 14 bats this season. This season is his third position with the Tigers – he was the team’s best project in 2005 and eventually traded with the Marlins in the 2007 off-season deal that led Cabrera to the Tigers – after signing a one-year deal. in the off-season.

Evan Petzold is an intern in sports reporting in the free press in Detroit. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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