Cabrera’s chase for 3,000 on hold after rainout
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DETROIT — History is on hold in the Motor City.
Miguel Cabrera‘s quest for his 3,000th hit was delayed for at least one more day when the game between the Detroit Tigers and Colorado Rockies scheduled for Friday night was rained out. The game was called an hour before it was due to start at Comerica park. Cabrera has 2,999 career hits, a total he reached with a three-hit game on Wednesday.
Cabrera acknowledged that the milestone is important to him and said that he was emotional just thinking about it this week.
“I dreamed of this moment,” he stated. “When I was in my dugout, I thought, ‘Wow. ”’
The split doubleheader will be played Saturday byThe Tigers and Rockies to make up the washout. The games are set to begin at 1: 10 p.m. and 6: 40 p.m.
The Tigers pushed right-hander Beau Brieske’s major league debut from Saturday afternoon to evening, matching him up with lefty Austin Gomber (0-1, 7. 00) in the second of three scheduled games at Comerica Park.
Light drizzle delayed the series opener, with more rain expected to continue throughout the night. On Saturday, it was expected to be sunny with a high temperature of 81 degrees.
Cabrera was intentionally walked in the eighth inning on Thursday, setting off a loud chorus of boos before the Tigers went on to beat the New York Yankees 3-0.
The 39-year-old Cabrera is a hit away from becoming the 33rd major leaguer to reach 3,000 hits and the first Venezuelan player to pull off the feat.
He is also a hit away from becoming the seventh player with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits. The exclusive club includes Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.
Cabrera joins Mays and Aaron to form the trio with a batting record of. 300 or better.
” “That’s even special company,” Hall of Famer Alan Trammell, a former Tigers shortstop, said Friday in Detroit’s dugout. “He’s going down as one the greatest hitters of all-time.
“He knows it’s nearing the end, but he still believes he has some fuel left. He’s going to have a great year, I think, after all the hard work this year. “
Cabrera won the Triple Crown in 2012, becoming the first to lead the league in homers, RBIs and batting average since Carl Yastrzemski did in 1967. The two-time American League MVP and 11-time All-Star has won four batting titles, hitting . 348 when he was voted the league’s top player in 2013 for a second straight year.
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