Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with three home runs and five RBI in Sunday night's loss to the Rangers.
Cabrera launched a three-run homer in the third inning and a solo shot in the fifth off Derek Holland before he added a third home run late off Tanner Scheppers. The weather conditions at Arlington obviously played a factor, but it was a monster of a performance. Cabrera is currently on track to have a better season than his Triple Crown winning campaign in 2012. He has 11 home runs and leads the American League in batting average (.387), runs (34), and slugging-percentage (.659).
Doug Fister was knocked around for five earned runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss on Sunday night against the Rangers.
Fister worked up a high pitch count early and had to be pulled after giving up four runs in a disastrous fifth inning. It was his first non-quality start this season and just his second loss. Fister will take a 3.62 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into a matchup with the Twins on Friday.
Anibal Sanchez was rocked for six runs -- five earned -- in 2 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Rangers.
It was a rare off outing for the right-hander, who had been ace-like all season. He coughed up nine hits and issued two walks, and the dangerous Texas offense was able to turn scoring chances into runs. Sanchez still has a 2.77 ERA and 1.23 WHIP on the year and should bounce back next week against the light-hitting Twins.
Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored, leading the Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in Arlington on Friday.
It marked the sixth time already this season that Cabrera has had at least three hits in a game. It's hard to believe, but he's off to an even better start than he was at this point of the season during his Triple Crown winning campaign in 2012. He'll head into play on Saturday hitting a cool .376/.447/.606 with eight homers and 42 RBI.
Jose Valverde shut the Rangers down in the ninth inning on Friday, preserving a one-run lead and earning his fourth save of the season.
He did surrender a one-out walk, but was able to avoid further damage. It was a nice bounceback effort for the veteran closer, as he blew his first save of the season in his last opportunity against the Indians on Sunday. Despite missing all of spring training, he has looked relatively sharp in the early going, converting four of his five save chances while compiling a 1.13 ERA and 0.62 WHIP.
Rick Porcello was impressive in Friday's victory over the Rangers, allowing only one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Porcello uncharacteristically punched out six on the evening while allowing only one walk. The only damage against him on the evening was a solo homer off the bat of Geovany Soto in the fifth inning. After a brutal beginning to the season, the 24-year-old right-hander has rebounded nicely, posting four consecutive quality starts. He'll look to extend that streak to five when he takes on the Twins at home on Thursday.
Tigers prospect left-hander Casey Crosby was placed on the 7-day disabled list with Triple-A due to a left shoulder impingement.
Crosby felt some soreness during his recent start and will now get some extended rest. The 24-year-old southpaw has really struggled this season, posting an ugly 5.30 ERA and 39/28 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings through eight starts.