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Video: Miguel Cabrera returns to lineup, hits grand slam

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As mentioned earlier, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has been diagnosed with a chronic knee condition which will limit him strictly to DH duty for the remainder of the season. Cabrera hadn’t played since May 31 and logged just two home runs across 219 plate appearances this season.

As if to spit in the general direction of his doubters, Cabera had himself a ballgame on Tuesday night against the Rays. He doubled in a run to open the scoring in the bottom of the first, then belted a grand slam off of reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell in the fifth inning.

The grand slam marks the 468th career homer Cabrera, moving him into a tie with Chipper Jones for 34th on the all-time leaderboard. The duo trails Carlos Delgado at 473 in 33rd place.

Cabrera’s slam also broke a tie with Tony Pérez, moving him into sole possession of 59th place on the all-time hits leaderboard at 2,733. Two more will move Cabrera into a tie with Goose Goslin at No. 58.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.