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28.05.2019 03:58
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LAKELAND , Fla. (AP) — rera, looking healthy again, hitting a towering home run.Cabrera connected for his first homer of the spring in Detroit’s 7-4 win over Atlanta on Saturday. It was the first time he’d gone deep in any game for the Tigers since April 28. His 2018 season ended after 38 games because of a biceps injury .“He’s feeling good. He’s having a good time,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s actually been swinging good. We’ve seen him hit them all over the place in BP. It’s all about timing. Been off a long, long time.”Cabrera seems comfortable at the plate so far: He’s 6 for 11 with a home run, a double and three walks in five spring training games.Cabrera singled and walked before hitting a two-run homer to right-center field off Jacob Webb in the fifth inning.“I think the wind got it,” the Detroit slugger said, showing perhaps more modesty than necessary.Cabrera hit three home runs in April last year — and that was his total for the season. He missed almost all of May after straining a hamstring, and he went homerless in 41 June at-bats before his season ended for good.Cabrera turns 36 in April and has hit only 19 homers in 168 games over the past two seasons.The rebuilding Tigers have traded plenty of stars away over the past couple years , but Cabrera’s huge contract makes that difficult. Cabrera did hit 38 home runs in 158 games in 2016. He’s just 35 homers away from 500, and a run at that milestone would be a highlight even if the Tigers don’t contend for a playoff spot in the near future.“He won’t have to work as hard as a lot of other guys for timing. He’s just a good hitter,” Gardenhire said. “You saw him take some real close pitches and foul off some pitches, and then barrel it up too.” Coming off a winning road trip against the AL East, it’s hard not to be excited about this young squad."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers PreviewsTigers vs. Royals Preview: Spencer Turnbull gets the nod in the Tigers’ home openerNew,18commentsComing off a winning road trip against the AL East, it’s hard not to be excited about this young squad.EDTShareTweetShareShareTigers vs. Royals Preview: Spencer Turnbull gets the nod in the Tigers’ home openerRick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsIt’s great to be back, baby.Look. It’s never fun to start the year off with a seven-game road trip. It is even worse to score 1.7 runs per game over the first seven games of the season with only two home runs in that span. But here we are. The Tigers have 12 runs to their name after their first two series, and only two home runs — Christin Stewart’s Opening Day game-winning shot in the 10th inning against Toronto Trea Turner Jersey , and Gordon Beckham’s game-winning solo shot on Wednesday in the Bronx....Wait a minute. Those were both game-winners? What is this team’s reco—Oh my goodness. They are over .500.That’s right. Thanks to the sensational efforts of the Tigers rotation and bullpen, the team enters their first homestand of 2019 with a winning record. There are many players to thank. First and foremost is Matthew Boyd, who leads the American League with 23 strikeouts. Then, of course, there is Jordan Zimmermann, who currently sports a 0.66 ERA after two starts (including a start in which he threw 6 2鈦? perfect innings to start the season). There is also Matt Moore, who threw seven innings of two-hit ball in his Tigers debut, as well as the Tigers bullpen — notably Shane Greene, who leads the American League with four saves.Today , our attention turns to the lone rookie in the rotation: Spencer Turnbull. We recapped the encouraging signs we saw in Turnbull’s first start a few days ago. Sure, he is not likely to match the brilliance of Boyd and Zimmermann’s early-season efforts — inexperienced pitchers like Turnbull will take their lumps from time to time — but it will nevertheless be interesting to see how the 26-year-old performs in the team’s home opener.Kansas City Royals (2-3) at Detroit Tigers (4-3)Time/Place: 1:10 p.m., Comerica ParkSB Nation site: Royals ReviewMedia: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio NetworkPitching Matchup: Jakob Junis (1-0, 4.76 ERA) vs. Spencer Turnbull (0-1, 5.40 ERA)Game 14 Pitching MatchupPitcherIPK%BB%FIPfWARPitcherIPK%BB%FIPfWARThe Royals will turn to Jakob Junis to quiet the Tigers lineup, which isn’t exactly red-hot in the first place. Junis dominated Detroit in 2018, going 4-0 against the Tigers in five starts with a 1.95 ERA. He pitched 37 innings in those games (over seven innings per start!) with 30 strikeouts to only 28 hits and four walks allowed.Junis was mostly successful in his first start of the season against the White Sox Joe Blanton Jersey , cruising through five innings before allowing a three-run home run to Jose Abreu in the sixth. Luckily for Junis, the Tigers are having trouble hitting home runs early in the season, so the team may struggle to score much off of him should the power outage continue.Key Matchup: Jakob Junis vs. the Tigers lineupSimply put, the Tigers could not get anything going against Junis in 2018. If they want to produce an Opening Day win, they will need to at the very least work his pitch count and get to the Royals’ leaky bullpen as soon as possible. Junis only threw 92 pitches in his first start of the season, so hopefully he is on an early-season leash once again on Thursday.PredictionSpencer Turnbull wins the battle of the 26-year-old bearded pitchers as the Tigers offense takes advantage of a weak Royals bullpen.

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