July 4th, 2010

Cabrera leaning towards home run derby

It isn’t a lock by any stretch, but unless Miguel Cabrera has trouble getting over this kidney infection anytime soon, it sounds like he’ll take part in the State Farm Home Run Derby a week from Monday. He sounded intrigued by it last week, and that didn’t change Sunday. He just didn’t want to commit until he had a few days to recuperate.

“Maybe,” he said. “Let’s see how I’m feeling next week. Yeah, I would do it, but let’s see how my body feels.”
If he does it, he has to be a very strong candidate, not just for his home-run totals but the fact that he can hit home runs to so many different parts of the park and does so in batting practice.

Cabrera won players ballot

Now that All-Star voting is over, I think it’s safe to say that it was unlikely Miguel Cabrera was going to pass up Justin Morneau for the starting lineup. Morneau’s popularity combined with his season at the plate probably wasn’t going to allow it, although Cabrera gained some consolation by finally passing up Mark Teixeira.

What was surprising, though, was that the players picked Cabrera over Morneau. Cabrera took the top spot among AL first basemen on the players ballot, which actually comprises the vote of Major League players, coaches and managers. Cabrera had 488 votes, compared with 427 for Morneau.
For roster purposes, the difference is academic. From a respect standpoint, though, it’s interesting to note how Cabrera’s peers — some of whom have had to pitch to Cabrera and Morneau this year — regard his season.

Sunday: Tigers vs. Mariners

The manager changed his mind and put Johnny Damon in the starting lineup against Cliff Lee after all. Carlos Guillen gets regular day off, with Ryan Raburn getting his second straight start, this time at second.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Raburn, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Worth, SS

P: Jeremy Bonderman

MARINERS

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Chone Figgins, 2B
  3. Russell Branyan, DH
  4. Jose Lopez, 3B
  5. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  6. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  7. Jack Wilson, SS
  8. Rob Johnson, C
  9. Michael Saunders, LF

P: Cliff Lee

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