Miguel Cabrera was scheduled to join a group of MLB players including Curtis Granderson, Pablo Sandoval, Robinson Cano for a series against the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star next month, but it turns out he’ll skip the series in order to rest his sore right shoulder.
Jason Beck of MLB.com passed along news of his decision via an interview with Venezuelan journalist Ignacio Serrano.
Cabrera injured the shoulder in a collision with Rangers’ catcher Mike Napoli during Game 4 of the ALCS. It doesn’t appear to be a major concern right now, but he will undergo an MRI if the soreness lingers.
Cabrera, who was honored yesterday with the Luis Aparicio Award as Venezuela’s best MLB player, hit .344 this season en route to his first batting title. The 28-year-old also led the American League with a .448 on-base percentage and 48 doubles. He has slugged at least 30 homers and driven in at least 100 runs in five consecutive seasons.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.