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Two Detroit Tigers decades summed up by the finale between Miggy, JV

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In Sunday’s battle between the MLB greats, Detroit Tigers head coach A.J. Hinch didn’t hesitate to make a choice.

He said, “I’ll take Miggie.”

The Tigers lost, 17-4, to the Houston Astros in Sunday’s final game at Comerica Park. However, within the game, there was a special final showdown between the Tigers’ designated hitter Miguel Cabrera and the Astros right-hander Justin Verlanderand former classmates and future Hall of Famers.

“Getting a second to tip my hat to Meggie before we got going was amazing,” said Verlander. “We have a lot of great memories on and off the field. I love this guy. I have a lot of respect for him.”

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Astros quarterback Justin Verlander acknowledges former teammate Miguel Cabrera while hitting in the second inning on Sunday, August 27, 2023 at Comerica Park.

Cabrera, who is set to retire after the 2023 season, went 0-for-2 with one strike in two games against Verlander in Sunday’s loss. He would finish his 21-year career — barring a miraculous postseason rematch — without hitting Verlander in five games, including two strikeouts. Cabrera and Verlander first met on August 21, 2019, at Comerica Park, nearly two years after the Tigers traded Verlander to the Astros.

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