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expect to be ready for the start of spring training.The two Detroit standouts sound pleased with their progress after injuries interrupted the 2018 season. Cabrera played only 38 games before season-ending biceps surgery. Fulmer has dealt with knee issues.The Tigers are holding their annual winter caravan this week Chris Hatcher Jersey , and both Cabrera and Fulmer were in attendance Thursday. The 35-year-old Cabrera says he’s feeling great and hopes he can stay healthy all season. He’s played more than 130 games just once in the past four years.Cabrera, whose massive contract runs through at least 2023, said his time away got him thinking of what he’ll do when his playing days are over.“I don’t know, but I was thinking a lot — this free time I had last year,” Cabrera said. “Hopefully I can keep doing baseball, teach baseball. I don’t know, working here in Detroit. I still have five years.”Fulmer says he’s looked into some mechanical issues that may have caused his knee problems.“When you have three knee surgeries on one knee, you think you’d try to get the hint,” Fulmer said. “So, something has to change. We’ve looked at countless hours of video to try to figure out different ways to try to relieve some stress on my knee. I think we’ve finally figured it out.”General manager Al Avila also talked for a bit. The rebuilding Tigers have traded several star players in recent years, and one of the top remaining candidates to move is 26-year-old outfielder Nicholas Castellanos http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-khris-davis-jersey , who hit .298 with 23 home runs last year.But it doesn’t sound like any deal is imminent for Castellanos.“There’s been no interest at this point, just to be quite frank,” Avila said. “I don’t know. It’s just a different market out there. There’s still a lot of good hitters, a lot of good players still available on the open market that people don’t need to trade for.”NOTES: The Tigers claimed IF Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Cowart batted .134 in 47 games with the Los Angeles Angels in 2018. The Mariners and Tigers have both listed Cowart as an infielder and a right-handed pitcher. Cowart hasn’t pitched in the majors, but he was a prep star on the mound and at the plate. A strong start from rookie Walker Buehler would go a long way for the Dodgers as they look to swing the series momentum in front of the home crowd.The 24-year-old has a 1.93 ERA at home this season, and he's stood up well to the pressure of October baseball so far, turning in a solid outing in Game 7 of the NLCS his last time out.David Adler of MLB.comcalled attention to the Red Sox's abilities as a fastball-hitting team, so the key for Buehler could be his ability to locate his curveball.Adler wrote: "One area Boston showed just a sliver of vulnerability is against high-spin curveballs, and Buehler has one. The MLB average curveball spin rate in 2018 was 2,492 rpm. Buehler's averaged2,756 rpm as a starterin the regular season Boog Powell Jersey , and it is averaging 2,800 rpm in the playoffs. More spin on a curveball generally means more movement and better outcomes for the pitcher."Buehler threw his curveball 14.1 percent of the time during the regular season, holding opposing hitters to a .179 batting average and a stingy .036 ISO, according to Brooks Baseball.Offensively, keep an eye on Manny Machado, who has enjoyed significant success against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello in his career with a13-for-38line that includes two home runs.Red SoxJ.D. MartinezMaddie Meyer/Getty ImagesFiguring out how to get J.D. Martinez into the lineup with the DH no longer in play will be the biggest pregame decision for Alex Cora.Mike Petriello of MLB.com spelled out his two choices:Start Brock Holt at 2B, Mookie Betts in CF, J.D. Martinez in RF, bench Jackie Bradley and Ian Kinsler.Start Mookie Betts at 2B, Jackie Bradley in CF, J.D. Martinez in RF Giancarlo Stanton Jersey , bench Brock Holt andIan Kinsler.Martinez played left field (32 games) and right field (25 games) sparingly this season, while Betts played six innings at second base and has ample experience from his time in the minors, so option No. 2 is not as far-fetched as it might seem.Martinez is hitting .333/.429/.538 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 11 games this postseason, so there's no way he won't be part of the starting lineup.It's also worthmentioning that the versatile Holt was an excellent5-for-13 with two doubles, one triple and two home runs as a pinch-hitter during the regular season, so he has a chance to be a real weapon off the bench.On the pitching side, manager Alex Cora will need to decide whether to use Nathan Eovaldi in the eighth inning again if the score is close. The standout starter pitched a scoreless eighth in Game 1 and Game 2, and Cora didn't rule out a similar approach in Game 3, despite the fact that Eovaldi is currently in line for the Game 4 start."You never know," Cora told reporters. "Like I've been saying all along, we're all-in every day. If we feel there's a chance to close the door with them Derek Jeter Jersey , we'll use him. The way it's mapped out, it's Rick in Game 3 and maybe Nate in Game 4. But Nate might come in in the eighth again. If we have a chance to be up 3-0 with him on the mound, and then [Craig Kimbrel], we'll do it. And then we'll figure out Game 4."If Eovaldi does wind up pitching on Friday, that could mean a start for Eduardo Rodriguez.One thing is for sure, there's no shortage of interesting storylines heading into Game 3 of the 2018 World Series.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera and Michael Fulmer expect to be ready for the start of spring training.The two Detroit standouts sound pleased with their progress after injuries interrupted the 2018 season. Cabrera played only 38 games before season-ending biceps surgery. Fulmer has dealt with knee issues.The Tigers are holding their annual winter caravan this week Chris Hatcher Jersey , and both Cabrera and Fulmer were in attendance Thursday. The 35-year-old Cabrera says he’s feeling great and hopes he can stay healthy all season. He’s played more than 130 games just once in the past four years.Cabrera, whose massive contract runs through at least 2023, said his time away got him thinking of what he’ll do when his playing days are over.“I don’t know, but I was thinking a lot — this free time I had last year,” Cabrera said. “Hopefully I can keep doing baseball, teach baseball. I don’t know, working here in Detroit. I still have five years.”Fulmer says he’s looked into some mechanical issues that may have caused his knee problems.“When you have three knee surgeries on one knee, you think you’d try to get the hint,” Fulmer said. “So, something has to change. We’ve looked at countless hours of video to try to figure out different ways to try to relieve some stress on my knee. I think we’ve finally figured it out.”General manager Al Avila also talked for a bit. The rebuilding Tigers have traded several star players in recent years, and one of the top remaining candidates to move is 26-year-old outfielder Nicholas Castellanos http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-khris-davis-jersey , who hit .298 with 23 home runs last year.But it doesn’t sound like any deal is imminent for Castellanos.“There’s been no interest at this point, just to be quite frank,” Avila said. “I don’t know. It’s just a different market out there. There’s still a lot of good hitters, a lot of good players still available on the open market that people don’t need to trade for.”NOTES: The Tigers claimed IF Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Cowart batted .134 in 47 games with the Los Angeles Angels in 2018. The Mariners and Tigers have both listed Cowart as an infielder and a right-handed pitcher. Cowart hasn’t pitched in the majors, but he was a prep star on the mound and at the plate. A strong start from rookie Walker Buehler would go a long way for the Dodgers as they look to swing the series momentum in front of the home crowd.The 24-year-old has a 1.93 ERA at home this season, and he's stood up well to the pressure of October baseball so far, turning in a solid outing in Game 7 of the NLCS his last time out.David Adler of MLB.comcalled attention to the Red Sox's abilities as a fastball-hitting team, so the key for Buehler could be his ability to locate his curveball.Adler wrote: "One area Boston showed just a sliver of vulnerability is against high-spin curveballs, and Buehler has one. The MLB average curveball spin rate in 2018 was 2,492 rpm. Buehler's averaged2,756 rpm as a starterin the regular season Boog Powell Jersey , and it is averaging 2,800 rpm in the playoffs. More spin on a curveball generally means more movement and better outcomes for the pitcher."Buehler threw his curveball 14.1 percent of the time during the regular season, holding opposing hitters to a .179 batting average and a stingy .036 ISO, according to Brooks Baseball.Offensively, keep an eye on Manny Machado, who has enjoyed significant success against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello in his career with a13-for-38line that includes two home runs.Red SoxJ.D. MartinezMaddie Meyer/Getty ImagesFiguring out how to get J.D. Martinez into the lineup with the DH no longer in play will be the biggest pregame decision for Alex Cora.Mike Petriello of MLB.com spelled out his two choices:Start Brock Holt at 2B, Mookie Betts in CF, J.D. Martinez in RF, bench Jackie Bradley and Ian Kinsler.Start Mookie Betts at 2B, Jackie Bradley in CF, J.D. Martinez in RF Giancarlo Stanton Jersey , bench Brock Holt andIan Kinsler.Martinez played left field (32 games) and right field (25 games) sparingly this season, while Betts played six innings at second base and has ample experience from his time in the minors, so option No. 2 is not as far-fetched as it might seem.Martinez is hitting .333/.429/.538 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 11 games this postseason, so there's no way he won't be part of the starting lineup.It's also worthmentioning that the versatile Holt was an excellent5-for-13 with two doubles, one triple and two home runs as a pinch-hitter during the regular season, so he has a chance to be a real weapon off the bench.On the pitching side, manager Alex Cora will need to decide whether to use Nathan Eovaldi in the eighth inning again if the score is close. The standout starter pitched a scoreless eighth in Game 1 and Game 2, and Cora didn't rule out a similar approach in Game 3, despite the fact that Eovaldi is currently in line for the Game 4 start."You never know," Cora told reporters. "Like I've been saying all along, we're all-in every day. If we feel there's a chance to close the door with them Derek Jeter Jersey , we'll use him. The way it's mapped out, it's Rick in Game 3 and maybe Nate in Game 4. But Nate might come in in the eighth again. If we have a chance to be up 3-0 with him on the mound, and then [Craig Kimbrel], we'll do it. And then we'll figure out Game 4."If Eovaldi does wind up pitching on Friday, that could mean a start for Eduardo Rodriguez.One thing is for sure, there's no shortage of interesting storylines heading into Game 3 of the 2018 World Series.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.
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