Cabrera named AL Player of the Week
After three days of pounding on Red Sox pitching, Miguel Cabrera collected some hardware on the Tigers’ off-day. The reigning American League MVP runner-up earned the first AL Player of the Week award of the season, beating out teammates Prince Fielder, Alex Avila and Justin Verlander among others for the honor.
The Tigers’ season-opening three-game series sweep of Boston earned them their best start to a season since 2006, and Cabrera was at the heart of it. After his two-homer game punctuated Detroit’s 10-0 win Saturday afternoon on national television, Cabrera hit a game-tying, three-run homer in the ninth inning to send Sunday’s series finale into extra innings. His leadoff single in the 11th started another three-run rally, capped by Avila’s two-run walkoff homer to win it.
Cabrera’s Sunday drive was the Tigers’ first game-tying three-run homer in the ninth inning since Ryan Raburn hit one off Bobby Jenks on Aug. 5, 2010. It capped a 3-for-5, five-RBI performance for Cabrera.
The series continued Cabrera’s trend of fast starts. Combine his last four season-opening series through three games, and he’s a combined 25-for-46 (.543) with nine home runs and 24 RBIs. His three homers and eight RBIs through the first three games, however, are career bests.
“So far, we’ve done our job,” Cabrera said Sunday. “So far, we’ve played good. That’s what we’ve got to focus on.”
For the week, Cabrera was tied for the Major League lead in total bases (14), tied for second in runs scored (five) and had the third-best slugging percentage (1.273).
Amazingly, Cabrera didn’t win Player of the Week honors at any point last season, when he captured his first batting title and led Detroit to its first division title since 1987. This is his first weekly honor since 2010, his fifth in as many seasons in Detroit, and his ninth in his Major League career.