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Tigers’ Leyland expects big things from Cabrera

- Associated Press - Friday, February 25, 2011

LAKELAND, FLA. (AP) - Detroit manager Jim Leyland says it's doubtful Miguel Cabrera will play when the Tigers begin their spring training schedule this weekend.

The first baseman arrived at camp Thursday after being arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving. Leyland says Friday that he expects his slugger to have the best season of his career.

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

Cabrera was arrested Feb. 16 on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors. He is set to be arraigned on March 16.

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