Miguel Cabrera had hit two home runs in a game 15 times in his career, but he didn’t have a three-homer game to his credit until Friday’s loss 5-4 loss to the Athletics. Cabrera drove in all four Tigers’ runs, including a ninth-inning solo shot off closer Andrew Bailey to cut things close.
According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Cabrera is the first Tiger to home three times in a game since “Da Meet Hook” Dmitri Young did it in April of 2005.
Ben Sheets, who got the win after allowing three runs over seven innings, told MLB.com that he got another small consolation out of Cabrera’s offensive onslaught:
“One guy freakin’ did a lot of damage,” Sheets said of Cabrera. “That’s
why he’s special. I don’t know what you can do with him, obviously. I
got him out once.”
With Cabrera’s impressive start, that’s something to be proud of. The 27-year-old first baseman is batting .341/.421/.653 with 13 homers, 44 RBI and a 1.074 OPS over his first 173 at-bats.
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.