JUPITER, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera made it clear on Friday morning that he intends to let his bat do the talking for him this spring. Then, a couple of hours later, he did just that.
Cabrera homered and doubled in the Tigers' 7-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday after speaking with reporters for the first time since additional details emerged regarding his recent arrest on drunk-driving charges. The assembled members of the media were told that Cabrera would only discuss baseball, not the February incident that has colored both his and the Tigers' spring.
"I don't think about what is going to happen tomorrow," Cabrera said. "I'm focused about today's games. If we are going to play the Cardinals, I'm focused on what I have to do to be ready to play the game today. That's my goal -- taking it day by day."
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Cabrera, 27, was the runner-up in American League MVP balloting in 2010 and is the most important cog in Detroit's offensive machine. He had gotten off to a 4-for-23 start to the spring before his breakout game on Friday.
Even before his big game, though, he expressed little worry about his on-field start to the spring.
"I always enjoy playing baseball, always enjoy my game and try to do my best out on the field," he said. "I'm trying to get ready for the season. I'm trying to be healthy -- that's the most important thing. We're going to try to win some games. ... Every Spring Training you work to get ready for the season. At this point I am working hard to get ready. Hopefully, I don't get any injuries. I'm trying to be healthy. I'm trying to play hard every day. I'm trying to do my best in the field."
On Thursday, additional details regarding Cabrera's Feb. 16 arrest in Fort Pierce, Fla., were released by the Florida state attorney's office, and they were not flattering. But with this new round of talk about the matter, manager Jim Leyland is beyond weary of the topic.
"I'm sick of talking about this," Leyland said. "I've told everybody. For the last time, this has been handled by professional people that are dealing with the situation and will continue to deal with the situation. I'm tired of guys looking for [dirt]. I'm getting Miguel Cabrera in baseball shape. That is my job. I am the field manager, that's it."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.