Leyland: Cabrera will be last-minute decision
Barring an extra-inning game, Josh Hamilton’s stats will be complete by the time the Tigers play tonight, so his home-run total should be clear. The Angels begin their game against the Mariners about an hour and a half before the Tigers take on the Royals, so Mike Trout will have had a couple at-bats. If he’s going to get the 6-for-6 performance necessary to beat out Cabrera on batting average, it should be clear by then.
Will those games play a factor in whether Cabrera plays tonight? Sure sounds like it, from what he told WXYT this morning.
“I’m going to make the decision on Cabrera probably at the last minute,” Leyland said. “I am going to watch what goes on.”
Other notes from his radio appearance: His biggest mistake, in his opinion, was playing Ryan Raburn as much as he did, and that in an ideal world he would have another right-handed hitter to use in the outfield so that he didn’t have to hit Andy dirks as often against left-handed pitching.