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Miguel Cabrera hits two homers, drives in five as the Tigers trounce the Twins

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Lots of afternoon baseball today. The biggest individual performance out of these early games came from Miguel Cabrera, who put on a hitting clinic while helping the Tigers trounce the Twins 13-1.

Cabrera went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI. He hit an RBI single in the first and then hit a two-run homer in the sixth off of Brian Duensing and another two-run homer in the seventh off of J.R. Graham.

On Twitter I saw a reasonably large sports media account refer to this game as “vintage Miguel Cabrera.” Nah, it’s pretty contemporary Miguel Cabrera, actually. This is the third time he’s hit two bombs in a game this season, the last time being against these same Twins two weeks ago. Cabrera is now hitting .328/.437/.568 with eight home runs, 26 RBI.

I’d say that reports of him departing his prime have been greatly exaggerated.

Twins put Brian Duensing on disabled list, call up Caleb Thielbar

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Brian Duensing has an intercostal strain, so the Twins have placed him on the disabled list and called up Caleb Thielbar from Triple-A to take his spot as a left-handed reliever.

Thielbar spent most of the past two seasons in Minnesota’s bullpen and pitched well with a 2.59 ERA and 74/30 K/BB ratio in 94 innings, but the Twins still demoted him to Triple-A at the end of spring training and went with Duensing and Aaron Thompson as their lefty setup men.

Duensing had an ugly outing Thursday in which he turned a blowout into a save situation for closer Glen Perkins and he heads to the DL with a 7.36 ERA in six appearances.

Twins have inquired about watching Rafael Soriano throw

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Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports that the Twins have inquired about watching free agent reliever Rafael Soriano throw.

Soriano, 35, faltered in the closer’s role for the Nationals last season. He was taken out of the role in early September when he allowed runs in three consecutive appearances, the last of which included surrendering a game-tying ninth-inning home run to Phillies light-hitting outfielder Ben Revere. Soriano finished with a 3.16 ERA, 32 saves in 39 opportunities, and a 59/19 K/BB ratio in 62 innings.

The veteran reliever remains unsigned presumably because of his age and declining fastball velocity. The Twins are set with Glen Perkins as their closer, but Soriano could potentially share some late innings with Brian Duensing.

Twins and Brian Duensing agree to one-year deal to avoid arbitration

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The Twins and reliever Brian Duensing have agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that the deal is worth $1.7 million.

Duensing requested a $3.1 million salary for 2015 and was offered $2.4 million by the Twins when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, so the two sides ultimately settled just below the midpoint. The southpaw said there was no discussion about a multi-year deal.

Duensing couldn’t cut it as a starter, but he has been useful and durable as a middle reliever over the past two seasons, posting a 3.67 ERA (110 ERA+) in 115 1/3 innings over 135 appearances. He turns 32 next month and can become a free agent after the 2015 season.

54 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

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Today was the deadline for teams and players to exchange salary figures in an attempt to avoid arbitration hearings beginning February 1 and ending on the 21st. Players and teams can still work out a deal over the next two weeks.

Here’s a rundown of all of the filings from the players and their respective teams:

[Update: The original count had 56 players but two players were incorrectly left on the list after avoiding arbitration.]

Angels (3)

  • David Freese (3B) filed for $7.6 million, team filed for $5.25 million (source)
  • Matt Joyce (OF) filed for $5.2 million, team filed for $4.2 million (source)
  • Garrett Richards (SP) filed for $3.8 million, team filed for $2.4 million (source)

Astros (2)

  • Dexter Fowler (OF) filed for $10.8 million, team filed for $8.5 million (source)
  • Marwin Gonzalez (SS) filed for $1.4 million, team filed for $900,000 (source, source)

Athletics (4)

  • Fernando Abad (RP) filed for $1.225 million, team filed for $850,000 (source)
  • Tyler Clippard (RP) filed for $8.85 million, team filed for $7.775 million (source)
  • Jarrod Parker (SP) filed for $1.7 million, team filed for $850,000 (source)
  • Eric Sogard (2B) filed for $1.425 million, team filed for $900,000 (source)

Blue Jays (2)

  • Josh Donaldson (3B) filed for $5.75 million, team filed for $4.3 million (source)
  • Danny Valencia (3B) filed for $1.675 million, team filed for $1.25 million (source)

Braves (1)

  • Mike Minor (SP) filed for $5.6 million, team filed for $5.1 million (source)

Cardinals (1)

  • Jon Jay (OF) filed for $5.0 million, team filed for $4.1 million (source)

Cubs (1)

  • Pedro Strop (RP) filed for $3.0 million, team filed for $2.0 million (source)

Diamondbacks (2)

  • Addison Reed (RP) filed for $5.6 million, team filed for $4.7 million (source)
  • Mark Trumbo (OF) filed for $6.9 million, team filed for $5.3 million (source)

Giants (4)

  • Brandon Belt (1B) filed for $4.5 million, team filed for $3.0 million (source)
  • Gregor Blanco (OF) filed for $4.0 million, team filed for $3.3 million (source)
  • Brandon Crawford (SS) filed for $3.95 million, team filed for $2.4 million (source)
  • Casey McGehee (3B) filed for $5.4 million, team filed for $4.0 million (source)

Mariners (1)

  • Tom Wilhelmsen (RP) filed for $2.2 million, team filed for $1.4 million (source)

Marlins (3)

  • Michael Dunn (RP) filed for $2.6 million, team filed for $2.355 million (source)
  • Mat Latos (SP) filed for $10.4 million, team filed for $9.4 million (source)
  • David Phelps (SP) filed for $1.875 million, team filed for $1.4 million (source)

Mets (2)

  • Lucas Duda (1B) filed for $4.7 million, team filed for $3.75 million (source)
  • Jenrry Mejia (RP) filed for $3.0 million, team filed for $2.1 million (source)

Nationals (1)

  • Jerry Blevins (RP) filed for $2.4 million, team filed for $2.2 million (source)

Orioles (6)

  • Zach Britton (RP) filed for $4.2 million, team filed for $2.2 million (source)
  • Alejandro De Aza (OF) filed for $5.65 million, team filed for $5 million (source)
  • Ryan Flaherty (IF) filed for $1.5 million, team filed for $900,000 (source)
  • Miguel Gonzalez (SP) filed for $3.95 million, team filed for $2.5 million (source)
  • Bud Norris (SP) filed for $10.25 million, team filed for $7.5 million (source)
  • Steve Pearce (1B) filed for $5.4 million, team filed for $2 million (source)

Pirates (3)

  • Pedro Alvarez (1B) filed for $5.75 million, team filed for $5.25 million (source)
  • Neil Walker (2B) filed for $9.0 million, team filed for $8.0 million (source)
  • Vance Worley (RP) filed for $2.45 million, team filed for $2.0 million (source)

Rangers (1)

  • Mitch Moreland (DH) filed for $3.35 million, team filed for $2.75 million (source)

Red Sox (2)

  • Wade Miley (SP) filed for $4.3 million, team filed for $3.4 million (source)
  • Daniel Nava (OF) filed for $2.25 million, team filed for $1.3 million (source)

Reds (3)

  • Aroldis Chapman (RP) filed for $8.7 million, team filed for $6.65 million (source)
  • Todd Frazier (3B) filed for $5.7 million, team filed for $3.9 million (source)
  • Devin Mesoraco (C) filed for $3.6 million, team filed for $2.45 million (source)

Rockies (2)

  • Adam Ottavino (RP) filed for $1.475 million, team filed for $1.0 million (source)
  • Wilin Rosario (C) filed for $3.3 million, team filed for $2.8 million (source)

Royals (7)

  • Lorenzo Cain (OF) filed for $3.6 million, team filed for $2 million (source)
  • Danny Duffy (SP) filed for $3.0 million, team filed for $1.75 million (source)
  • Jarrod Dyson (OF) filed for $1.6 million, team filed for $900,000 (source)
  • Kelvin Herrera (RP) filed for $1.9 million, team filed for $1.15 million (source)
  • Greg Holland (RP) filed for $9 million, team filed for $6.65 million (source)
  • Eric Hosmer (1B) filed for $6.7 million, team filed for $4.6 million (source)
  • Mike Moustakas (3B) filed for $3.1 million, team filed for $1.85 million (source)

Tigers (1)

  • Al Alburquerque (RP) filed for $2.05 million, team filed for $1.375 million (source)

Twins (2)

  • Brian Duensing (RP) filed for $3.1 million, team filed for $2.4 million (source)
  • Jordan Schafer (OF) filed for $1.7 million, team filed for $1.4 million (source)

Last year, 40 players exchanged figures with their respective teams.

The Orioles had the two biggest disparities, ending up $3.4 million apart with Steve Pearce ($5.4M vs. $2M) and $2.75 million apart with Bud Norris ($10.25M vs. $7.5M).