With one visit down and one to go next week, Bates is closing in on a date of a decision.
Scout.com Player of the Week: Miguel Cabrera
The Detroit Tigers third baseman registered at least one base hit in each of the seven games he played from August 5-11, and drive in at least one run in all but one of those contests.
Cabrera paced the big leagues with his .429 batting average, slugging .714 with four home runs and two doubles. Cabrera was instrumental in leading the Motor City Kitties to a 5-2 record, including four straight wins over division rival Cleveland. With the Tigers down by a run in the top of the eighth inning against the Indians, Cabrera crushed a home run to deep center to plate two, giving the Tigers the lead, though that lead was short-lived, as Cleveland came back in the bottom of the frame thanks to an RBI groundout by Yan Gomes.
Detroit would go on to win that game by the tally of 6-5, and the very next night, Cabrera walked in the top of the third with the bases loaded to plate Ramon Santiago, touching off a six-run frame for Detroit. Cabrera later drove in a pair in the fifth on a two-out, two-on RBI single to left, putting the Tigers up by nine.
Including Monday's 6-2 loss to the White Sox, Cabrera has now hit safely in each of his last 10 games, and 13 of his last 15, during which he's hitting an even .400 (20-for-50) with two doubles, seven home runs and 16 RBIs.
July 29-August 4: A.J. Burnett
July 22-28: Giancarlo Stanton
July 15-21: Juan Lagares
July 8-14: Buster Posey
July 1-7: Clayton Kershaw
June 24-30: Jason Kipnis
June 17-23: Ryan Howard
June 10-16: Carlos Gonzalez
June 3-9: Yasiel Puig
May 26-June 2: Domonic Brown
May 20-26: Mike Trout
May 13-19: Justin Masterson
May 6-12: Evan Longoria
April 29-May 5: Ryan Raburn
April 22-28: Jeff Locke
April 15-21: Mike Trout
April 8-14: Prince Fielder
Ryan Gorcey covers Major League Baseball and publishes BearTerritory.net for Scout.com and FOX Sports NEXT. Follow him on twitter at @RGBearTerritory.
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