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Tigers' Miguel Cabrera Hits 400th Career Home Run

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hit his 400th career home run on Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cabrera connected for a solo homer in the first inning, breaking a tie with Andres Galarraga for the most by a Venezuelan-born player.

The game at Busch Stadium was stopped in the bottom of the first because of rain. The Tigers and Cardinals waited out an hour and 20-minute rain delay before resuming.

Cabrera's 10th homer of the season came against Tyler Lyons and was his fourth in three days.

The home run would be his 262nd with the Tigers, tying Willie Horton for fourth on the franchise list.

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Justin Verlander Cleared to Resume Throwing

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Justin Verlander is on the comeback trail. The 2011 American League MVP, who hasn't pitched this season due to a strained right triceps, resumed throwing Wednesday.

Verlander had his third MRI of the season on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the results were examined by Dr. Tony Romeo. The Tigers then released a statement stating the hurler, "was given the clearance to resume a throwing program designed to return him to full competition."

Verlander threw 50 times off flat ground Wednesday, after which skipper Brad Ausmus said the six-time All-Star felt fine -- although Ausmus admits he doesn't know when his right-hander will pitch again for the Tigers.

"He's not going to be off the mound for a while," Ausmus said Wednesday. "There's no real set timetable. He's able to throw, he's able to catch on an everyday, every-other-day basis. It really just depends on how he feels. ...He's got to start building up his arm strength again, basically from ground zero. We'll just have to see how it goes."

Verlander pitched 206 innings last season, compiling a 15-12 record with a 4.54 ERA, 159 strikeouts, and a 1.40 WHIP.

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Tigers Place Closer Joe Nathan on DL

iStockphoto(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Tigers placed closer Joe Nathan on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain on Wednesday.

Nathan earned the save in the Tigers' Opening Day victory over the Minnesota Twins but, according to Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski, Nathan has been dealing with a flexor problem for at least a week.

"I think it bothered him more at the end of last week, a little bit. And it bothered him a little bit on Monday, the day he pitched," Dombrowski said. "Not major, but it just hasn't cleared up for him."

The 40-year-old Nathan is a six-time All-Star who has saved 377 games over his 15 year career.

Joakim Soria, who served as Kansas City's closer for five season, will take over Nathan's role.

The Tigers recalled left-handed reliever Blaine Hardy from Triple-A Toledo to take Nathan's roster spot.

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Verlander Leaves Game with Triceps Injury

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images (DUNEDIN, Fla.) -- Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander left his spring training start against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, with cramping in his right triceps.

Despite leaving the game in the third inning, the former American League MVP doesn't seem too concerned about the injury. He cites not drinking enough water and a tweak in his mechanics as being possible reasons for the cramping.

"I don't think I'm injured," Verlander said. "The only concern I have is if it would linger. Just felt crampy."

Verlander pitched 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball before exiting.

"Not overly concerned," Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus said. "He said it felt like more of a cramp than a strain. It doesn't mean we're out of the woods. It's not as concerning of an area."

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Walkoff Balk Helps Indians Sweep Tigers

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) --  A long afternoon game between the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers ended with a walkoff balk.

Al Alburquerque's bases-loaded balk in the 13th inning Wednesday gave the Indians an 11-10 victory over the Tigers -- a win that took 5 hours, 16 minutes to clinch.

Detroit took a 9-7 lead into the ninth inning, but David Murphy hit a game-tying, two-run home run off of Joe Nathan. 

Alex Avila gave the Tigers a 10-9 lead with a solo home run in the top of the 13th inning, but the Indians scored twice to cap off a three-game sweep of their division rivals.

Mike Aviles led off the bottom of the 13th inning with a single off of Phil Coke (0-1) and moved to second base on a sacrifice by Michael Bourn. Asdrubal Cabrera was then hit by a pitch. Michael Brantley scored Aviles with an RBI single to bring Cleveland within a run.

Alburquerque relieved Coke and intentionally walked pinch-hitter Yan Gomes to load the bases. Ryan Raburn stepped into the batter's box next and took the first pitch for a ball. As Alburquerque went into his set position, he appeared to move his leg and glove and then stopped. Cabrera scored to end the game.

"It was definitely a balk," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "If they hadn't have called it we would have went out there and argued."

Josh Tomlin (3-1) worked the final three innings in relief for the win. He was the ninth pitcher used for the Indians on the afternoon.

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Tigers Sweep Defending Champs in Boston

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON, Mass.) -- In a rematch of the 2013 American League Championship Series, the outcome was decidedly different. With a 6-2 win on Sunday night, the Detroit Tigers won their sixth straight game and swept the defending champion Boston Red Sox.

The last time these two teams met, Boston completed an improbable Game 6 comeback to eventually move on and win their third World Series title in the last decade. Thanks to an impressive offensive performance, the Tigers got a small stroke of revenge and earned their first sweep at Fenway Park since 1983.

Boston took an early 1-0 lead on a Xander Bogaerts' RBI single in the second inning. The lead did not last long as Detroit scored three times in the third. Miguel Cabrera knotted the score with an RBI single before Victor Martinez launched his tenth home run of the season, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead.

Detroit owns the best record in the majors at 27-12 and has now won 11 consecutive games on the road and 15 of their last 18 overall. 

"It really comes down to the starting pitching and the bullpen," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "The starters have set the tempo and got us deep into the game. We've also got some big hits. Miggy and Victor have been hitting well all season long."

That same blueprint led to success on Sunday night. Anibal Sanchez (1-2), returning from a brief stint on the disabled list, went five innings allowing just two runs on five hits. Meanwhile, Tigers hitters roughed up Jake Peavy (1-2), scoring five runs and totalling 11 hits against the Red Sox (20-23) starter.

Ian Kinsler had four hits while Cabrera and Martinez each drove in a pair of runs.  Tori Hunter added a solo shot in the seventh, increasing the lead to 6-2.

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ESPN: Reds OF Jay Bruce to Have Knee Surgery 

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is expected to have surgery this week to repair a partially torn miniscus in his left knee, according to ESPN.

Bruce is expected to miss at least 3-4 weeks.  He was scratched from the lineup before Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with left knee soreness.  Before the injury, he had only missed one of Cincinnati's first 31 games this season.

He came off the bench in the seventh inning Sunday and struck out on three pitches in a pinch-hit appearance.

Bruce is hitting .218 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 29 games in 2014.  The two-time All-Star is one of only three current players with at least 30 home runs in each of the last three seasons.  Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers are the others.

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Miguel Cabrera: 'I Love to Play in Detroit'

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Tigers and back-to-back A.L. MVP award winner Miguel Cabrera finalized the ten-year $292 million deal on Friday.

Cabrera was signed for the next two years and Detroit rewarded their first baseman with a deal that is the richest contract in American sports.

"When you're talking about the best player in the game, sure, you feel a little uncertain," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "But ... to get a deal done, you need to take that chance. I'll take the chance on him."

"Do I expect him to win a Triple Crown when he's 40? No. But maybe. He's pretty good."

The Tigers acquired Cabrera from the Marlins on December 4, 2008 in an eight-player trade. In six seasons with Detroit, the 30-year-old has batted .327 with 227 home runs and 737 RBIs.

"This is the place I want to be," said Cabrera.. "I love to play in Detroit. I want to play in Detroit for a long time."

Cabrera will turn 31 on April 18, but isn't worried about his age in the later part of his big contract.

"I didn't because there were like two years left to free agency, and you don't think about going to be a free agent," he said. "I was spending a lot of time with my family in the offseason, thinking about how bad I want to stay in Detroit, thinking that if there's any chance we can work out this deal, I told the front office and the Tigers to make it happen."

"I was hoping to do it. I was never thinking about going to free agency and signing with another team. I was thinking I want to be here. I want to stay here. I want to be a Tiger. ... I'm thankful because I want to finish my career here."

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Mike Trout Agrees to a Six-Year Deal with Angels

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim agreed on a six-year deal worth $144.5 million on Friday.

Trout, who has finished runner-up in the A.L. MVP race in the past two seasons to Miguel Cabrera will stay in Los Angeles through the 2020 season.

"I think everybody is obviously thrilled that it got done," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said on Friday. "He's a special player and a special person."

Trout won the Rookie of the Year award in 2012 and his deal came on the same day that Cabrera finalized his ten-year $292 million with the Tigers, which is the richest contract in American sports.

Trout would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career after this season, but now is locked up for six more years.

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Report: Cabrera and Tigers Agree To New 10-Year Contract

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Eight-time All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera has agreed to a new ten-year contract with the Detroit Tigers worth nearly $300 million, according to ESPN.

The new deal covers the two years remaining on Cabrera’s current contract and eight additional years.

The Tigers acquired Cabrera from the Marlins on December 4, 2008 in an eight-player trade. In six seasons with Detroit, the 30-year-old has batted .327 with 227 home runs and 737 RBIs.

Cabrera is a two-time American League Most Valuable Player, having won the award in 2012 and 2013.

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