Miggy earns historic 2,000th Tigers hit

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DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera became the eighth player in Tigers history to record 2,000 hits with the club after reaching the mark with an RBI single on Sunday against the Twins.
Cabrera, who is on a path toward his 3,000th Major League hit potentially next year, has been on a

DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera became the eighth player in Tigers history to record 2,000 hits with the club after reaching the mark with an RBI single on Sunday against the Twins.

Cabrera, who is on a path toward his 3,000th Major League hit potentially next year, has been on a milestone tear lately. On Saturday, he surpassed Tigers Hall of Famer Charlie Gehringer for 50th on the all-time hit list with his 2,841st hit, a go-ahead two-run homer in a 4-2 win over the Twins to complete a doubleheader sweep.

In the process, Cabrera became one of just 16 players ranked among the top 50 all time in hits, home runs and RBIs, joining Hank Aaron, Adrián Beltré, Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Stan Musial, Mel Ott, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols, Cal Ripken Jr., Frank Robinson, Alex Rodriguez, Babe Ruth, Dave Winfield and Carl Yastrzemski.

Cabrera stepped to the plate for his first at-bat Sunday and worked a 2-0 count against Kenta Maeda before sending a ground ball through the left side, scoring Victor Reyes, who hit a leadoff triple.

The Tigers honored Cabrera between innings with a video tribute. Cabrera received congratulations in the dugout, then had some fun and stepped to the top of the dugout to take a curtain call in a near-empty Comerica Park.

Cabrera, who recorded his first 842 hits with the Marlins, joins an illustrious list of Tigers with 2,000 hits for the club: Ty Cobb (3,900), Al Kaline (3,007), Gehringer (2,839), Harry Heilmann (2,499), Sam Crawford (2,466), Lou Whitaker (2,369) and Alan Trammell (2,365).

Only one other active Major League player has 2,000 hits with one club: Pujols recorded 2,073 hits with the Cardinals before joining the Angels.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason.

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