Miggy one away from 3,000; Detroit Tigers lose to Yankees, 5-3

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera is one hit away from another historic milestone.

The 39-year-old tallied three singles in the Tigers’ 5-3 loss against the New York Yankees on Wednesday at Comerica Park, leaving him at 2,999 career hits entering Thursday’s series finale.

“I didn’t hit the ball hard today, and I got three hits,” Cabrera said. “Baseball is really hard. I was really lucky today. But we lost the game, so (expletive) it. … When you lose, you lose. It doesn’t matter.”

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Manager AJ Hinch said Cabrera will play Thursday and might bat in the first inning.

“I hope we win tomorrow,” Cabrera said.

Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera (24) singles against New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) during fourth inning action Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Comerica Park in Detroit.

The Tigers (4-7) then play three home games against the Colorado Rockies from Friday through Sunday. With one more hit, Cabrera will become the 33rd player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits.

Doing so will make the 20-year MLB veteran the seventh player in history with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits. And Cabrera, boasting 599 doubles, could soon be one of three players with 500 homers, 3,000 hits and 600 doubles.

“He’s been in a good place,” Hinch said. “He’s handled all of this, even dating back to 500 last year, with a ton of class and dignity and humor and passion and appreciation. You name the word, he’s done it. And we love that. … Miggy is as authentic as they come. “

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