Miguel Cabrera might make his spring debut Monday.
Meanwhile, Despite a case of the jitters, Manny Ramirez did just fine in his first spring training game with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he’s not going to push Cabrera, the slugging first baseman who was arrested Feb. 16 under suspicion of drunken driving.
“He will not play (today),” manager Jim Leyland said. “Monday’s more a possibility but I’m not sure about Monday, either,” Leyland said before the Tigers shut out the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-0, in the team’s spring training opener Saturday in Dunedin, Fla., behind starting left-hander Phil Coke.
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Leyland said Cabrera had an “excellent” workout Saturday under first base coach Tom Brookens’ guidance at the Tigers’ spring camp in Lakeland, Fla.
In Port Charlotte, Fla., Ramirez, one of Tampa Bay’s key offseason acquisitions, singled and finished 1-for-2 in a brief Grapefruit League debut for the Rays, who got solo homers from Evan Longoria and Sean Rodriguez in a 9-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
At Tampa, Fla., Cole Hamels allowed one unearned run over two innings for the Philadelpha Phillies in a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees. Yankees starter Bartolo Coln gave up one run and two hits in two innings.The Yankees held a pregame ceremony to honor owner George Steinbrenner, who died last July at the age of 80. This marked the Yankees’ first spring training game at George Steinbrenner Field since his death. Right-hander Edinson Volquez will miss the Cincinnati Reds’ spring training opener because of visa problems.