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Miguel Cabrera goes yard off Mariano Rivera for second time in three days but Tigers lose 5-4

Aug 11, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

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Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera continues to do rude things to baseballs and some of baseball’s greats.

Cabrera stuck Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a blown save on Friday night when he launched a game-tying 427-foot home run to deep center field. He then homered off Mo again on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium as the Tigers marched back to tie the game at 4-4 with a two-run top of the ninth. Victor Martinez also homered off Mo in that frame.

Detroit wound up losing Friday’s game 4-3 in the 10th inning and fell 5-4 Sunday in the bottom of the ninth, but the story here is Cabrera’s monstrous outpout and Rivera’s sudden struggles.

With that homer Sunday, Cabrera joined Edgar Martinez and Evan Longoria as the only other right-handed hitters with two career home runs off Rivera. No player has homered three times off Mo.

Cabrera, 30, is now batting .365/.459/.686 with 36 homers and 101 RBI in 108 games this season.

Rivera, meanwhile, has been knocked around in three straight appearances and has three consecutive blown saves to show for it. Brett Gardner rescued the Yankees on Sunday with a walkoff home run.

  1. sdelmonte - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Two stories here: the Yankees aren’t quite done for yet; and Mo might finally be showing signs of age. Though if you are going to blow saves, there is no shame is blowing them to Cabrera.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Both of the geezers (Pettitte and Mo) were a tad off.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:15 AM

        The jays have been a tad off ALL season!! I mean really PC you are so pathetic on these boards? Do I have to remind you 1993 forever? Its never gonna get better cause your team will never win again in the next 50 years because they wont even be around in 10……… sad pc, very sad, start watching hockey asap

    • uyf1950 - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Rivera always seems to go through a little spell where he “loses” it for a 2 or 3 games in a row. But you could be right he’s been used a lot already by the Yankees so he could be wearing down a bit.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    MVP! MVP! MVP!

    • hojo20 - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Yeah Max Scherzer is definitely an MVP candidate!

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        Let us be perfectly clear. Mad Max for Cy Young! Miggy for MVP!

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        Let it be clear the Jays for the biggest BUST in MLB History!! I expect another loss from them tomorrow to make it a cool even 10 games below .500 and then the AL Beast schedule starts and they start sinking way way way below that number! God I cant wait!!! LOSE LOSE LOSE JAYS JAYS JAYS< LOSE LOSE LOSE!

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Let me be perfectly clear Josh “2 win” Johnson for Cy Yuck award this year!! Can anyone think of a biggest BUST? I sure as hell cant!! I remember PC saying this guy was the game changer and why the jays were gonna win the AL East!!! Better get in your time machine son and go way way way way back to 1993!!!! OHHH YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • kiwicricket - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:25 AM

        How old were you when the Blue Jays Mascot violated you, Harry?

  3. dondada10 - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    .365/.459/.686

    Good lord.

  4. uyf1950 - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Prior to this series I said the Yankees needed to win 7 of their next 10 if they held out any hope of making the postseason. Well 2 out of 3 against the Tigers isn’t a bad start.

  5. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Leyland – Hey Miggy, we’re do by 2, anything you think you can do against Mo?
    Miggy – Si, motherfucker!

  6. jdhein22 - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Where was Biogenesis based out of? Shouldn’t we do some photo comparisons of 19-year-old Cabrera to the present?

    • eightyraw - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      It is completely unnatural for a person to stop growing after reaching age 19.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        That’s true just look at cur!!! guy went from 300 to 450 in no time!!

  7. southofheaven81 - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Monster shot by Gardner, right after he seriously got the wind knocked out of him slamming into the centerfield wall. His second walk-off in 3 days.

  8. papacrick - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    He has 110 RBI not 101

  9. chill1184 - Aug 11, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Miggy SMASH!!!!!

  10. mudhead123 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    PED user had an effect on the game. Just wasn’t Cabrera

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:05 AM

      Leave Pettitte alone!

  11. nitrous241 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    110 RBI…not 101.

  12. No.90_DeathStomp_______ - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Cabrera and Megatron must be drinking from the same water fountain as the Red Wings. Andre Drummond’s already found it I believe..

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