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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.

Scott Boras to pay salaries of released minor league clients

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Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.

Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”

Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.