Tigers lose Miguel Cabrera for season
The Detroit Tigers lost much more than a game on Tuesday night.
Miguel Cabrera ruptured his left biceps tendon in the third inning of a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins and will have season-ending surgery later this week.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Cabrera's status for the 2019 season won't be known until after the operation. He still has $154 million left on a contract that runs through 2023.
Cabrera swung awkwardly at Jake Odorizzi's slider and immediately walked to the dugout with his arm limply at his side.
Earlier this season, Cabrera missed three games with spasms in the same biceps tendon that ruptured on Tuesday, then was out for 26 games with a hamstring strain and back tightness.
Gardenhire didn't think the earlier injuries played a role in what happened on Tuesday.
Sale dominant before ejection, Red Sox beat Orioles
Chris Sale took a two-hitter into the seventh inning before being ejected, and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the skidding Orioles with a 5-1 victory Wednesday in Baltimore.
After issuing two walks to open the seventh in a 5-0 game, Sale (6-4) was lifted by manager Alex Cora .As he was making his way to the dugout, the left-hander yelled at home plate umpire Brian Knight and was promptly ejected.
“There are going to be points in the season, points in the game where stuff happens,” Sale said. “No one’s perfect. Obviously I lost my cool a little bit.”
Mercer leads Pirates past Diamondbacks
Former Oklahoma State standout Jordy Mercer homered and had three RBI, Jameson Taillon pitched seven effective innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided a sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday in Phoenix.
Pittsburgh ended Arizona's sweep bid with a four-run second inning against Zack Greinke (5-5) and a sterling performance by Taillon (4-5).
Arizona's ace struggled with his command against the Pirates, walking four while striking out seven. Greinke walked two in Pittsburgh's four-run second inning, giving up a two-run double to Mercer and a run-scoring double to Josh Bell. Mercer hit a solo homer in the fourth to put Pittsburgh up 5-2.