Miggy still after 3,000, Sasaki’s perfect roll
A look at what’s happening around baseball on Saturday:
Miguel Cabrera is set to swing for his 3,000th career hit after his chase was delayed a day by rain.
The Tigers are set for a day-night doubleheader against Colorado at Comerica Park. The teams were carried on Friday.
Cabrera had 2,999 hits Wednesday night, then was retired in his final at-bat of the game. The 39-year-old went 0 for 3 with an intentional walk on Thursday.
Antonio Senzatela (0-1, 2.16 ERA) is ready to kick off the opener of the twinbill for Colorado. The Rockies right-hander and Cabrera are both from Venezuela.
“He’s going to be one of the greatest hitters of all time,” Hall of Famer and former Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell said Friday.
“He realizes it’s coming to an end, but he still has something left in the tank. When it’s all said and done this year, I think he’s going to have a hell of a year,” he said.
The baseball world will be watching this weekend to see if Roki Sasaki can do it again.
The 20-year-old Japanese pitcher with the 100 mph fastball and devastating splitter has thrown 17 consecutive perfect innings. He will start on Sunday for the Chiba Lotte Marines against the Orix Buffaloes in Osaka.
Sasaki pitched a perfect game against Orix on April 10, the first in Japan in 28 years. He followed that up with eight more perfect innings on April 17 before being retired by manager Tadahito Iguchi after 102 pitches. Sasaki struck out a combined 33 in those games.
Sasaki grew up in Iwate Prefecture, northeast Japan. Her father was killed in the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and the collapse of three nuclear reactors that devastated this part of the country.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson is appealing his second suspension this season after Major League Baseball banned him for one game on Friday after giving fans the major two days earlier.
Anderson committed three errors in the first two innings of Chicago’s 11-1 loss Wednesday in the opener of a doubleheader. The frustrated 28-year-old made the gesture towards a fan while on the pitch. Anderson will remain with the White Sox until his appeal is heard.
Anderson also missed the first two games of the season, serving a two-game suspension for making contact with referee Tim Timmons in the ninth inning of a game on September 27. Anderson successfully appealed that suspension after three games.
San Francisco’s injured list grows after right-hander Anthony DeSclafani and outfielder Steven Duggar were injured on Friday.
DeSclafani went on the 10-day IL with a sore right ankle a day after allowing five runs in five innings in a loss to the Mets. Manager Gabe Kapler said DeSclafani will have an MRI on Monday.
Duggar was added to the 60 day IL with a left oblique strain. He was taken out of Thursday’s second-inning loss.
The pair join starter Alex Cobb and hitters Evan Longoria, LaMonte Wade Jr. and Tommy La Stella on the IL.
More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.