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Miguel Cabrera throws gum at Ryan Raburn after Raburn’s homer (Video)

Miguel-Cabrera-Ryan-Raburn-gumDetroit Tigers pitcher Jose Alvarez did not allow a hit until the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, at which point Ryan Raburn spoiled the party. Raburn’s solo home run was the first hit of the day for Cleveland, and one of his former teammates was not pleased about it.

As Raburn was rounding third during his home run trot, Miguel Cabrera chucked his gum at the outfielder. In any other situation, the runner may have charged at the gum-thrower. Since Miggy and Raburn played together in Detroit from 2008-2012, Raburn simply smirked and kept on going.

That Miggy sure does love screwing with his opponents.

Miguel Cabrera and Roberto Hernandez share funny exchange

Miguel Cabrera and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Roberto Hernandez had a bit of fun with each other during the Detroit Tigers’ 5-2 win on Thursday.

Hernandez (FKA Fausto Carmona) allowed Cabrera to go 2-for-3 when they faced each other, but it was the one time he got Miggy out that led to the fun.

To set the scene, you have to understand the pitch sequence for Cabrera’s first at-bat.

Cabrera singled in his first at-bat against Hernandez after going to the opposite field on a two-strike changeup away. Hernandez started off Cabrera with two hard sinkers inside and then went to junk after that, which proved to be a bad decision. In the next at-bat, Hernandez wisely went right back to the sinker and struck out Cabrera.

Hernandez threw Miggy four straight 90+ mph inside sinkers. Then, on the 2-2 pitch, he fooled Cabrera by throwing an 84 mph changeup. Miggy could be seen smiling as he walked away from the dish, probably because it’s not often that he gets fooled. Hernandez was also smiling knowing that he got over on Miggy in that at-bat:

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Awesome Miguel Cabrera GIF shows he can hit home runs on any pitch

Miguel CabreraMiguel Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball. You already knew that. He has no weakness in his swing, he doesn’t slump, and he can hit almost any kind of pitch. And he can hit those pitches with power.

You may remember last month when an awesome Yu Darvish GIF made its way onto the Internet. The GIF showed Darvish throwing six pitches and where those pitches traveled in the strike zone. The GIF was mesmerizing.

The creator of the GIF, Drew Sheppard, is back at it again.

Writing for Fangraphs, Sheppard put together a GIF and images that show Cabrera homering on pitches in all different parts of the strike zone. Here’s his explanation of the GIF:

The footage has been synchronized to the time of contact and stabilized at home plate to represent the end location of each pitch as accurately as possible. The pitches are taken from the last year, with the furthest off the plate over nine inches inside.

In, out, down, up, Miggy can homer on any pitch.

Sheppard has more images and a description at Fangraphs, so check those out for more.

Michael Bourn assists on Miguel Cabrera home run (Video)

Michael-Bourn-Miguel-Cabrera-home-runMiguel Cabrera is in search of another Triple Crown with the Detroit Tigers this year, and he certainly doesn’t need any help from his opponents along the way. Cabrera has hit five home runs in his last three games and has 13 on the season. Had it not been for a little assistance from Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn, his total would be sitting at 12.

Cabrera hit a fly ball to deep center field in the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s 11-7 win that looked like it was playable for Bourn. Instead, it bounced off his glove and popped over the fence for a two-run homer that padded Detroit’s lead.

We know one Philadelphia Phillies outfielder who knows exactly how Bourn feels, but at least his flub came during spring training. Handing a home run to one of the best players in the league during the regular season has to sting a bit.

Miguel Cabrera hit three home runs against the Texas Rangers, remains a stud

Miguel CabreraMiguel Cabrera continued his reign of dominance over MLB pitching with a 3-home-run game in an 11-8 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday night.

Cabrera went 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 5 RBIs in the game. He started off with a line-drive single in the top of the first for Detroit’s lone hit of the inning. Two innings later, he followed hits from Omar Infante and Torii Hunter with a prodigious 3-run home run to right-center off Derek Holland:

Clear your eyes for a second and comprehend what you just saw. Miggy took an 83-mph change-up from lefty Derek Holland and sent it 441 feet to the opposite field. A 441-foot opposite field home run off a change-up from a lefty. Seriously. Do you realize how insane that is? Not only is a pitch like that intended to keep a hitter off balance or induce them to ground out weakly to the right side, but it requires a lot of power from the batter to deposit an 83-mph pitch 441 feet.

After getting burned with a change-up to Cabrera, Holland figured he’d bring the heat in the next at-bat to see how it would go. He brought in a 94-mph fastball, and Cabrera sent out a line drive to straight away center that left the park in about half a second:

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Yu Darvish made Miguel Cabrera look foolish on 62 mph curveball

Miguel CabreraDoes anyone have a more wicked pitching arsenal than Yu Darvish? The Texas Rangers stud pitcher matched up with Justin Verlander on Thursday in a game that surprisingly turned into a slugfest. While Verlander was rocked and couldn’t make it through three innings, Darvish got through eight to pick up his seventh win of the season.

But there was one moment in particular that must be recognized: the time when Darvish made Miguel Cabrera look foolish.

Darvish was facing Cabrera in the top of the fifth with the Rangers up 8-4 and the count 0-1. Darvish threw Cabrera a 62 mph curveball, and Miggy took a vicious hack at it. He was so off balance after missing on the swing that he stumbled across the plate and was left to give a smile. Why? Because nobody makes him look foolish like that.

Cabrera is the reigning AL MVP and last year’s triple crown winner. He’s the best hitter in baseball. That doesn’t happen very often. But with Darvish pitching, anything is possible.

Also see: Amazing GIF shows all of Darvish’s pitches

GIF via Drew Sheppard

Miguel Cabrera hit a home run off Jonathan Papelbon that pretty much cleared the stadium (Video)

Miguel Cabrera home runThere are some players who don’t need a month of practice games to get prepared for the season. Miguel Cabrera is one of those guys.

The Detroit Tigers stud turned on a 1-2 fastball from Jonathan Papelbon during the top of the 5th inning Monday against the Phillies for a 3-run home run. Papelbon left the fastball up and it ran in on Cabrera, who didn’t even take a stride and just mashed it with his fast hands.

The ball cleared the bullpens beyond left field at Bright House Field in Clearwater and went over one of the food huts. Miggy already has two home runs this spring and continues to show why he’s the best hitter in baseball. This was Papelbon’s first work of the spring, so he has plenty of time to get himself ready.