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Miguel Cabrera isn't making the most of his situation

Baseball whispers: He's struggling at the plate despite batting ahead of Prince Fielder. Also, Charlotte, Las Vegas and Portland are all possible locations if the Athletics leave Oakland.

May 19, 2012|By Phil Rogers
  • Detroit's Miguel Cabrera recently went 17 games in a row without a walk, the longest stretch of his career.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera recently went 17 games in a row without a… (John G. Mabanglo / EPA )

One problem with talk about the A's relocating is there is no obvious market for MLB to move into. Charlotte and Las Vegas are possibilities but the most viable is probably Portland. There's less talk about a third New York team with the Mets sorting through financial difficulties ? Miguel Cabrera was expected to be a monster with Prince Fielder behind him but has inexplicably expanded his strike zone. He recently went 17 games in a row without a walk, the longest stretch of his career ? The Twins' Joe Vavra could be the next coach shown the door. The Twins are hitting under .200 in May and looked awful in allowing Derek Lowe to throw a complete-game six-hitter. Tom Brunansky is the Triple-A hitting coach and has worked well with the organization's young hitters ? The Red Sox are suddenly excited about their bullpen but Bobby Valentine used Alfredo Aceves for a four-out save Thursday, after he had used three pitchers to get three outs in one inning. Workload and pitching depth will be major storylines in July and August in Boston ? While the Rangers haven't made a single move with their 25-man roster this season, the Orioles just made 23 in an eight-day period, counting some on the 40-man roster ? Could 19-year-old Dylan Bundy get to the big leagues this year? The first-round pick last June has been overpowering since he put on a uniform, albeit against A-ball hitters. He's worked only 25 pro innings but has 36 strikeouts while allowing four hits and walking two ? While Chase Utley was taking ground balls at Wrigley this week, the Phillies believe he could still be a month away from returning. They're glad replacement Freddy Galvis has picked up the slack in May after an unimpressive April ? The Cardinals are very worried about reliever Kyle McClellan, placed on the DL this week with significant elbow problems. Their biggest concern, however, is Carlos Beltran's sore right knee, which had him out of the lineup last week. They need Beltran and shortstop Rafael Furcal to keep rolling.

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