Five Things for May 8th: Miggy Homers Again as Tigers Win 8th Straight
1. After a slow start, the two-time reigning AL MVP appears to be back in his regular form. Miguel Cabrera is now 22 for his last 57, has hit homers on back-to-back days and is slugging .731 in the month of May.
The Tigers beat the Houston Astros for the third straight game last night. Cabrera hit his 4th home run of the season, and Victor Martinez hit a solo shot in the sixth. Rick Porcello pitched well, going 6.2 innings and giving up two runs. The bullpen shut things down from there, as Joba Chamberlain recorded the final out of the seventh inning and struck out the side in the eighth. Joe Nathan picked up the save by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Detroit is aiming to complete a four-game sweep of the Astros a 1:08 today. Drew Smyly takes the hill for the Tigers. Smyly is looking to build off an excellent start last Saturday in which he pitched seven innings of two-hit ball. Dallas Keuchel opposes him for Houston.
2. The Thunder rebounded from a game one loss with a nice win over the Clippers yesterday. Russell Westbrook had a triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Kevin Durant also had 32 points.
Roy Hibbert played his best game in a long time last night. Hibbert scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 33 minutes. The Pacers put the clamps down defensively en route to a 86-82 win.
3. After losing game one, the Penguins have righted the ship. Their offense had been held mostly in-check during this series, but they got loose last night. Coach Dan Bylsma put Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the same line, and they were a force last night. Malkin had a goal and an assist, and Crosby had two assists. The Pens won the game 4-2, and now lead the series 3-1.
4. The first round of the NFL draft is tonight. Most pundits seem to think that Jadeveon Clowney will be the first pick in the draft. One would think that Houston would explore the possiblity of trading out of that pick too, but who knows if they will be able to complete a deal.
At the tenth pick, the Lions could go a number of different directions. Defensive back, linebacker, and wide receiver, and trading up are all possibilities. Personally, I hate the idea of trading up, they just have too many needs. If Mike Evans is gone, I do not want them to reach for Odell Beckham Jr. or any other wide receivers.
If they are looking for a pass rusher, Anthony Barr of UCLA would be a good option. If they are looking for secondary help Justin Gilbert, MSU's Darqueze Dennard, or HaHa Clinton-Dix could be the pick.
5. Derek Jeter hit his first home run of the season as the Yankees cruised past the Angels 9-2. In Colorado, a young third baseman is doing some very impressive things. Nolan Arenado now has a 27 game hitting streak as the Rockies moved to 22-14 with a win over Texas. Kansas City shut out the Padres, and the Indians beat the Twins on a walk-off.
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