Miguel Cabrera goes yard off Mariano Rivera for second time in three days but Tigers lose 5-4

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Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera continues to do rude things to baseballs and some of baseball’s greats.

Cabrera stuck Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a blown save on Friday night when he launched a game-tying 427-foot home run to deep center field. He then homered off Mo again on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium as the Tigers marched back to tie the game at 4-4 with a two-run top of the ninth. Victor Martinez also homered off Mo in that frame.

Detroit wound up losing Friday’s game 4-3 in the 10th inning and fell 5-4 Sunday in the bottom of the ninth, but the story here is Cabrera’s monstrous outpout and Rivera’s sudden struggles.

With that homer Sunday, Cabrera joined Edgar Martinez and Evan Longoria as the only other right-handed hitters with two career home runs off Rivera. No player has homered three times off Mo.

Cabrera, 30, is now batting .365/.459/.686 with 36 homers and 101 RBI in 108 games this season.

Rivera, meanwhile, has been knocked around in three straight appearances and has three consecutive blown saves to show for it. Brett Gardner rescued the Yankees on Sunday with a walkoff home run.

The Red Sox seem content to let Craig Kimbrel sign elsewhere

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LAS VEGAS — Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski strongly signaled that the team was unlikely to re-sign Craig Kimbrel, telling the assembled Boston media contingent that, “we’re not looking to make a per se big expenditure in that area.” Referring to the bullpen.

Kimbrel, who saved 42 games for the World Series champs, was recently reported to be seeking a six-year contract. I doubt he gets that, but he’ll get a pretty big deal nonetheless, and the Sox obviously feel like they can manage with a cheaper option in the back of the bullpen.