Miguel Cabrera Belts 3 Homers in Loss to Rangers

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It was the Miguel Cabrera show last night in Texas, but the Tigers still lost to the Rangers 11-8. Cabrera went 4-for-4 and blasted three home runs that traveled a combined 1,250 feet. Cabrera's third blast was a 404-footer to center in the eighth inning, giving him his first three-home run game since May 28, 2010. Cabrera now owns a .387 batting  average this season and he leads all of MLB with 47 RBI. We are watching one of the best pure hitters in the history of the game do what he does best on a nightly basis. The debate this year was should fantasy owners draft Cabrera or Mike Trout with the #1 pick this year. Trout is pretty good too and he continues to heat up at the plate in the last week. Trout has a respectable line (.278 BA, 8 HR, 29 RBI, 29 RUNS, 8 SB) and will continue to be a top tier fantasy player for years to come. But, for every fantasy owner that selected Cabrera with that top pick - you made the right choice.

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Justin Masterson threw a shutout against Seattle on Sunday. Masterson racked up 11 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings, during Cleveland's easy victory. Masterson is really breaking out this season as he has seven wins and each of them are quality starts. He'll face Boston in his next start.
  • Jay Bruce hit his fourth home run in May in the Reds loss to the Phillies on Sunday and is now batting .328 in 67 at-bats this month. Bruce's extreme highs and lows continue at the plate continue to frustrate fantasy owners, but by the end of the season the production is always there.
  • Ian Kinsler was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an intercostal muscle strain and recalled Jurickson Profar. Profar is expected to get all the starts at second base while Kinsler is on the disabled list. Baseball's top prospect was batting .278 with four homers and six steals in 37 games at the Triple-A.
  • Jason Grilli earned his 17th save on Sunday and he did it on just ten pitches. Grilli is closing games with such ease. Grilli owns a 0.92 ERA and has 31 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings. One can argue that Grilli is the best closer in the game right now, but my money is still on Mariano Rivera.
  • Andrew McCutchen is day-to-day with right knee soreness. McCutchen was injured sliding into home Thursday, but it does not appear to be a major concern and he isn't dealing with any structural damage.
  • Jason Vargas threw seven scoreless innings in the Angels win Sunday over the White Sox. In his last four starts, Vargas is 3-0 and the Angels are 4-0. Vargas has gone seven innings in each of his last two starts with both starts being quality starts.
  • Felix Hernandez wasn't sharp Sunday as he allowed five earned runs in just five innings in a loss to the Indians. King Felix left his previous start with a minor back issue so there could be something going on there. As long as he is healthy, he should bounce back in his next start.
  • Craig Kimbrel picked up his third save in as many days Sunday by striking out the side against the Dodgers. Kimbrel gave up just one hit, one walk, and he struck out 7 during the series against the Dodgers.
  • Matt Magill allowed just one unearned run in five innings against the Braves on Sunday. Magill struck out eight while giving four hits and three walks, but the Dodgers bullpen could not hold the lead.