After receiving one of the loudest ovations any player outside of Jose Fernandez has received this season at Marlins Park, he responded by going 2 for 3 and tipped his helmet to the crowd when he was taken out for a pinch-runner.
Never mind that he no longer plays for the home team. They still adore Miguel Cabrera in South Florida.
Cabrera, playing his first game in South Florida against the Marlins since they traded him to Detroit in 2007, couldn’t lift the first-place Tigers to a victory over the last-place Marlins. Miami won 3-2.
But he provided a small glimpse of what the Marlins gave up in the disastrous 2007 trade with the Tigers, singling in his second at-bat and doing the same in his third and final trip to the plate.
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It was Giancarlo Stanton who delivered the game’s biggest hit, a bases-loaded double off Rick Porcello in the third that drove in all three Marlins runs.
Tom Koehler held the Tigers to two runs over 5 1/3 innings to register his second consecutive victory. Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 29th consecutive save.
• Outfielder Brent Keys was named the Marlins’ Minor League Player of the Year, and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani was named Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Keys, 23, won the Florida State League batting title with a .346 average in 95 games for Single A Jupiter.
The 23-year-old outfielder, the Marlins’ 17-round pick in 2009, also led the FSL with a .418 on-base percentage before his promotion to Double A Jacksonville.
DeSclafani, 23, a University of Florida product who was acquired last November in the 12-player trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, posted a 9-6 record and a 2.65 ERA between Jupiter and Double A Jacksonville.
• Catcher Jeff Mathis has a fractured right thumb and will not play again this season.
Mathis said the fracture was discovered during a MRI performed on Thursday.
• Infielder Ed Lucas was not with the team Friday in order to be with his wife, who delivered their first child. Lucas is expected back Saturday.
Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-6, 3.50 ERA) vs. Detroit Tigers RHP Anibal Sanchez (14-8, 2.64), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
Sunday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (4-6, 3.94) vs. Tigers RHP Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.56), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
Sanchez will make his first start against his former team since the Marlins traded him last July.