Odds catch up with Cabrera against Fien

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Minneapolis — It was supposed to be a full night off for Miguel Cabrera.

He was in a 0-19 funk and manager Brad Ausmus thought he could buy him two days of rest — Wednesday and the off day Thursday.

But he couldn’t resist. In the eighth inning, with the Tigers down 3-2, Ausmus sent Cabrera to pinch hit for Anthony Gose against right-handed reliever Casey Fien with a runner on first.

“I would have preferred to give him a full night off, but I told him that if we got to the eighth or ninth inning and he had a chance to give us the lead, I would use him,” Ausmus said. “He’s got a real good history against Fien.”

That he does. Cabrera was 6-for-12 with three home runs and eight RBI against Fien.

“I was hoping we’d catch lightning in a bottle,” Ausmus said. “Wasn’t meant to be tonight.”

Cabrera struck out.