Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera and DH Victor Martinez both ran the bases on Saturday for the first time this spring, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports. Cabrera had foot surgery in October while Martinez had knee surgery in February.
Manager Brad Ausmus wouldn’t rule out the two players making their Grapefruit League debuts during the upcoming week.
“I don’t know if they’ll play next week,” Ausmus said. “I guess it’s a possibility. Right now, they’re still doing the same thing [as] the last few days in terms of agilities, running, BP. They did run the bases a little bit today.”
Though Cabrera wasn’t as productive in 2014 as he had been in previous seasons, he still finished with a robust .313/.371/.524 slash line along with a league-leading 52 doubles, 25 home runs, and 109 RBI in 685 plate appearances. Martinez had the best season of his career, finishing second in AL MVP balloting with a .335/.409/.565 line, 32 home runs, and 103 RBI. His .409 OBP led the league. Needless to say, getting both players back with enough time to get ready for the regular season is important for the Tigers.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.