LAKELAND, Fla. -- A day after Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs against the Cardinals in Jupiter, the two-time reigning American League MVP was back to work early in the morning in Lakeland, and back in the starting lineup. Of the three Tigers who started both games in Jupiter, he was the only one to start Tuesday against Toronto.
Even in the dog days of Spring Training, he's getting into a daily rhythm where he wants to get at-bats.
"I want to be sure I get 70-80 [plate appearances], so I can be the most ready I can," he said. "I want to be ready for the regular season -- physically, mentally, everything."
It wasn't just the home runs themselves Monday that suggested he's rounding into form, but the nature of them. He went opposite field on the first before sending the second out to straightaway center.
The homers were part of a 17-run outburst from a team that had scored 46 runs previously.
"It was good," he said. "It was half our [starting] lineup. We'll try to get the whole lineup going."
Cabrera finished 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout against the Blue Jays.
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