Boy will the Yankees be glad when Miguel Cabrera is back on a plane headed for Detroit later Thursday night.
The 27-year old Venezuelan continued to feast on Yankees pitching in the first inning Thursday, as he launched a two-run homer off Phil Hughes into the Yankee bullpen. It was his 31st home run of the season and it makes him the fastest player to 100 RBIs this season. For Hughes, it was the 18th homer he's allowed in 135 2/3 innings.
In the last four games at the Stadium, Cabrera has four hits in 11 at-bats — all four are home runs. The first three were solo shots. Cabrera also homered on Sunday in Chicago, giving him five homers in as many games.
In addition to leading the majors in RBIs, Cabrera is second in batting average at .340 (Josh Hamilton of Texas is hitting .356) and is second in the AL in home runs, behind Jose Bautista of Toronto who has 37.
No wonder the Yankees threw at him Wednesday night.
*The Yanks finally kept Cabrera in the ballpark, as he jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Hughes and flied out to center to end the top of the third.
**Cabrera's fly balls are getting shorter and shorter. He ended the sixth with a pop out to Derek Jeter.