Miguel Cabrera hits two home runs in return to lineup

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Miguel Cabrera sat out Sunday’s game due to a nagging injury to his right ankle, but he returned to the lineup with a bang today.

Serving as the designated hitter, Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI, and four runs scored in a 12-1 blowout win over the Indians. He connected for a two-run homer in the first inning against Corey Kluber, who turned in a rare clunker by allowing five runs over just 2 2/3 innings. Cabrera later added a solo blast off Bryan Price in the eighth.

Cabrera hit just one home run over 29 games in August, but he has already doubled that output with his first game in September. His ankle situation will have to be managed down the stretch, but it’s a good sign for the Tigers.

Kyle Seager is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.

This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.

The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.