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Miguel Cabrera To Make 2011 Debut at DH

For the first time this spring, Miguel Cabrera will be in the lineup for the Detroit Tigers. After being arrested on February 16 for suspicion of driving under the influence, Cabrera missed the first week of Tigers' camp.

Cabrera hit in batting practice before Sunday's game against Toronto and will be the Designated Hitter in Monday's game against the New York Yankees.

Last season, Cabrera finished second in American League MVP voting.

Via Associated Press

Cabrera Will Face Yankees Monday

Miguel Cabrera will make his spring debut on Monday against the Yankees.

Cabrera will serve as Detroit's designated hitter.

He missed the first week of camp after being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol Feb. 16 near Fort Pierce, Fla.

Cabrera reported on Thursday.

Via Associated Press

Cabrera Could Make Debut Monday

Miguel Cabrera won't make his debut for the Tigers in spring training on Sunday.

"Monday is more of a possibility, but I'm not assuring you of Monday, either," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.

After watching him take batting practice Friday, Leyland said Cabrera probably could have jumped right into the lineup Saturday.

"But I'm worried about his legs. He's been working," Leyland said. "He worked his tail off this offseason on agility and strength. But that doesn't always correlate with baseball condition. So I'm not going to put him out there after one day and do something crazy."

Via Associated Press

Leyland Expects Career-Year From Cabrera

Tigers manager Jim Leyland expects slugger Miguel Cabrera to have a career-year.

The first baseman arrived at camp Thursday after being arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving.

Cabrera, 27, took batting practice Friday and Leyland said he was "thrilled" to have him back and that he would be the starting first baseman on opening day in New York, March 31.

Via Associated Press

Cabrera Voices Remorse At Camp

Miguel Cabrera, who reported to the Tigers on Thursday roughly a week after his arrest, expressed remorse.

"I want to apologize to everybody -- to my teammates, to my fans, to my family, to the owner, to the Detroit Tigers," Cabrera said.

"I just want to say that I'm very sorry for what I've done," he continued through a translator. "I want to apologize to all my teammates, my owner, my family, my friends and everybody that I've let down. I've worked very hard for a period of time in overcoming this. I just want to get back and play and have everybody forgive me. I ask for forgiveness."

Cabrera was charged with driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence.

"I'm very sorry," he said, "and I want to apologize to the policeman for that night. I acted in a bad way, and I hope that they forgive me. I'm very sorry for what I did. I also thank them for the way they handled everything, because at the end, it came out to be the best way.

"I believe in the American justice system. It will take its course, and I believe in the end, things will be cleared up and I will be good. I also want to regain my reputation. I will work hard to regain that respect. ... I just want to get back to baseball and work hard and continue my career."

Via MLB.com

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