Miguel Cabrera will skip All-Star series in Taiwan due to sore shoulder

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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.

Astros clinch postseason berth with 11-3 win over Angels

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No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.

On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.

Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.