Miguel Cabrera unloaded his first home run of the preseason, in a Grapefruit League match, which Detroit lost to Toronto by an 18-5 rout, at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida.
The experienced 39-year-old Aragon striker lined up as designated and fifth hitter. In the bottom of the sixth, with Gage Workman as runner on first base for a single and one out on the board, he hit the ball over the left-field fence to make it 3-18. Cabrera hit 48 home runs in 307 Grapefruit League games since 2006.
The Saturday day of Major League Baseball exhibition matches was highly profitable for four other Venezuelan strikers who managed to score home runs in parks in Florida and Arizona.
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Especially for outfielder Lorenzo Cedrola from Caracas, invited to training for the New York Mets, and for veteran Elvis Andrus, who recently signed as a free agent to take charge of second base for the Chicago White Sox.
Both dispatched home runs against Venezuelan pitchers
Cedrola went 4-2 with three runs scored and three RBIs, in the game that the Mets beat the Marlins by a massive score of 14-4.
In the second inning, before the delivery of the left-handed Jesús Luzardo, who charged with the backhand, he took the ball with two teammates in circulation.
In Goodyear, Arizona, in a game between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago White Sox, Andrus ripped off Portuguese left-hander Marín Pérez in the first inning.
Oswaldo Cabrera, of the Yankees, dispatched his first home run and Rafael "Balita" Ortega the second of the preseason in a game they lost 14-10 against the Tampa Rays.