Cabrera jacks No. 250 against Orioles

Cabrera jacks No. 250 against Orioles

Cabrera jacks No. 250 against Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Miguel Cabrera is almost universally acknowledged as one of the best young hitters in baseball. The thing is, he's been one of those young hitters for a while.

Hitting 250 homers before his 29th birthday reflects that pretty well.

It was as if the milestone snuck up on him, like he shouldn't be at that point in his career yet. But when he connected on a Josh Rupe fastball and sent it 396 feet to right-center field at Camden Yards Wednesday night, he hit 250 in his 1,195th career game.

The Tigers won the game, 7-3, and ended the Orioles' four-game win streak to start the season.

"He'll have 250 more for sure," manager Jim Leyland said. "I don't think there's any question about that. I hope I'm around to see them."

He isn't anywhere close to a record for fastest players to 250 homers in terms of games. Ryan Howard holds that mark, having hit his 250th last September in his 855th career game, breaking Ralph Kiner's previous mark of doing it in 871 games. But Howard is 3 1/2 years older than Cabrera, who became an everyday player at age 20 with the Marlins in 2003.

Kiner also hit the mark just before his 29th birthday.

Cabrera, however, doesn't appear to be big about milestones just yet.

"I don't know," he shrugged.

Cabrera was more encouraged that he was feeling strong after spending the previous couple days battling a stomach bug.