Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 8/22/14
Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in baseball history, can't even get Miguel Cabrera out these days. Cabrera became the first player in history to hit two home runs off of the New York Yankees closer in the same series. Cabrera's lead-off homer in the top of the ninth Sunday came on the heels of his two-run, game-tying shot Friday night against Rivera. "His bat stays in the strike zone a long time and he's smart," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of Cabrera after Sunday's 5-4 loss in New York. "He also knows people are trying to pound him in. He opens up a little bit, pulls his hands in and can hit it out to left. "Staying over the plate, he's capable of doing what you saw today. He's just a great hitter." According to Elias Sports, Cabrera is also the first player to homer off of Rivera in consecutive at-bats. ESPN's Jayson Stark said Cabrera is just the second player to tag Rivera twice in the same season. The first was ...
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