Cabrera intrigued by Home Run Derby
Slugger considering event if chosen as an All-Star
DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera won't know until Sunday whether he'll be going to the All-Star Game, so he's a long way from deciding whether to take part in the State Farm Home Run Derby that precedes it. But he sounds interested by the prospect of it.
Cabrera took part in the Derby back in 2006 and hit 15 homers at PNC Park, earning him a third-place finish behind Ryan Howard and David Wright. He was asked to take part in the Derby the next year, he said, but he wasn't feeling right and bowed out.
He doesn't talk about it in terms of messing up his swing. To him, it's like another round of batting practice, with a more aggressive approach and a lot more fans.
"Batting practice you can do anything, like I want to hit the ball to the other way," Cabrera said. "I want to do this or that. I want to hit home runs. In the Home Run Derby, you have to be aggressive, because it's a lot of pressure. It's different, because you don't have the batting cage. You have more people see you. It's like, 'You've got to do it. You've got to do it.' But if you get relaxed and put your best swing on the ball, it's going to be OK."
Cabrera scratched before Friday's opener
DETROIT -- Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was a late scratch in Friday's series opener against the Mariners at Comerica Park.
Cabrera experienced lower back tightness and was listed as day-to-day. Cabrera went 5-for-11 from the plate with two doubles in the Tigers' previous series at Minnesota. The slugger is hitting .337 and is tied for the Major League lead with 20 home runs and 68 RBIs.
Don Kelly took his place at first base and hit ninth for the Tigers. Cabrera's cleanup spot in the batting order was filled by Magglio Ordonez, while Austin Jackson hit leadoff, Ramon Santiago batted second and Johnny Damon landed in the No. 3 hole.
Perry expected to be called up Saturday
DETROIT -- Ryan Perry's stint in Triple-A Toledo was a little less like a rehab assignment and a little more of a rust-shaking assignment. It continued on Friday night with an appearance for the Mud Hens against Gwinnett at Fifth Third place.
Perry pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts on Friday night then was told he will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday and return to the Tigers bullpen, according to the Toledo Blade. The Tigers did not announce a move after Friday's game and it wasn't immediately clear what the return move would be.
Perry threw the eighth inning and retired all three batters he faced, two of which came via strikeout. His pitches to strikes ratio was also much improved with nine of his 13 pitches counting as strikes. He topped out his fastball at 95 to 96 mph in his outing, as well.
The performance was a step in the right direction for the second-year right-hander, who Tigers manager Jim Leyland said had to iron out his command before returning to the big leagues. It will be important for Perry to find his groove quick, as a season-ending elbow fracture suffered by Joel Zumaya has left a gap in the Tigers bullpen.
"He's totally healthy," Leyland said. "That's not even an issue. That's the good news. The bad news is that he hasn't thrown strikes. He's pitching tonight [Friday] and hopefully we can get him [back] because we are desperate now with Zumaya being gone. That hurts. So now, we are hoping Perry can get back here shortly."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Alex DiFilippo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.