Cabrera, Zumaya top Tigers for April

Cabrera, Zumaya top Tigers for April

DETROIT -- Strong comebacks earned April honors for first baseman Miguel Cabrera and reliever Joel Zumaya, who were named the Tigers' Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively.

Cabrera, who ended last season in a slump after making headlines in the final weekend, showed the value of a fresh start after a strong Spring Training. He batted .344 (33-for-96) with 16 runs scored, 11 doubles, five home runs and 25 RBIs over 24 games. All five of his home runs either put the Tigers in front or erased a deficit, including a pair of ninth-inning shots.

Cabrera is also expected to be a strong contender for American League Player of the Month honors.

Zumaya missed the final two months of last season to remove a bone fragment from a stress fracture in his right shoulder. He has put his health on display from the outset of the season, getting his fastball back up to 101 mph on radar guns on his way to 16 strikeouts over 14 2/3 April innings. He went 2-0 for the month with a 1.23 ERA.

The monthly honors were decided by voting among local media members.