Miguel Cabrera’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Tigers a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers yesterday in Detroit. Less than two months after being arrested in Florida on suspicion of drunken driving, he’s off to a fine start hitting in the middle of the Tigers’ order.
Cabrera, whose legal issues are still pending, is hitting .385 so far this season and leads the team with four home runs and 10 RBIs.
Brandon Inge led off with a single in the ninth off Darren O’Day (0-1) and moved to second on Alex Avila’s sacrifice bunt. After two walks sandwiched around a strikeout, Cabrera ended the game with a single through the left side of the infield.
The Rangers were trying to start 10-1 for just the second time in franchise history. There was more bad news: Slugger Josh Hamilton is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after breaking his upper right arm on a headfirst dive into home plate, a daring dash the AL MVP later called “stupid.’’
Hamilton tried to score from third on a foul popup near the Detroit dugout in the first inning. Inge and catcher Victor Martinez both chased the ball, leaving the plate unprotected.
Inge made the catch, then tossed the ball to Martinez, who scampered back in time to tag Hamilton.
“It was a stupid play,’’ Hamilton said. “The whole time the ball was in the air, the coach was yelling, ‘Go, there’s no one at home,’ and I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to do this, something is going to happen.’
The Rangers said Hamilton has a non-displaced fracture of the humerus bone at the top of his arm, just below the shoulder. He isn’t expected to swing a bat for a month.
The fracture was small enough that it wasn’t detected on an X-ray, but Daniels held a conference call about two hours after the game with results from an MRI.
Texas manager Ron Washington was actually giving Hamilton a breather yesterday by making him the designated hitter instead of starting him in the outfield.
Angels 2, Indians 0 — Dan Haren pitched a one-hitter, allowing only Shin-Soo Choo’s clean single in the fourth inning, and Los Angeles beat visiting Cleveland to snap the Indians’ eight-game winning streak.
Haren (3-0) struck out eight and walked two in his third major league shutout. Choo’s single to center field came with one out in the fourth.
Nationals 7, Phillies 4 — Jayson Werth homered and doubled to lead host Washington in his first appearance against Philadelphia since leaving as a free agent this winter.
White Sox 6, Athletics 5 — Alexei Ramirez hit his second homer of the game with two outs in the 10th inning to lift host Chicago.
Ramirez also hit a three-run shot in the second inning and scored a run after drawing a walk in the sixth.
Mariners 3, Blue Jays 2 — Rookie Michael Pineda dazzled in the first home start of his career, taking a shutout into the eighth inning for his first major league win, and host Seattle beat Toronto.
Pineda (1-1) went 7 1/3 innings, giving up just five hits, one earned run and striking out seven.
Astros 11, Cubs 2 — Brett Myers kept up his dominance against visiting Chicago, Angel Sanchez tied a career high with four hits and Houston got a win.
Myers (1-0) allowed eight hits and one run in seven innings to improve his career record against Chicago to 11-3.
Braves 5, Marlins 0 — Tommy Hanson pitched four-hit ball over seven innings for his first win, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann homered, and Chipper Jones drove in two runs to lead host Atlanta.
Giants 5, Dodgers 4 — Aaron Rowand tripled leading off the seventh and scored the go-ahead run moments later on Blake Hawksworth’s wild pitch, as host San Francisco beat Los Angeles.
Twins 4, Royals 3 — Danny Valencia hit a bases-loaded single with one out in the 10th inning to lift host Minnesota.
Reds 8, Padres 2 — Ryan Hanigan hit a go-ahead double and Drew Stubbs launched a three-run homer that capped a six-run burst in the 11th inning to lift visiting Cincinnati.
Diamondbacks 13, Cardinals 8 — Justin Upton and Juan Miranda each hit a three-run homer to lead host Arizona over St. Louis.
The Orioles-Yankees game at Yankee Stadium has been postponed because of rain. No makeup date was announced.
The game between the Rockies and Mets in New York was postponed because of rain and will be made up tomorrow as part of a doubleheader.
The Brewers’ game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh was postponed because of rain. No makeup date was announced.