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MLB - US Sports: Cabrera hits 3000

Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera became the 33rd player to have 3,000 career hits in Major League Baseball and only the seventh player with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.

The Tigers are 50/1 to win the World Series and the four-time batting champion, two-time MVP and Triple Crown winner excelled in Detroit's 13-0 win over Colorado Rockies at Comerica Park.

Rockies crumble to Tigers' defeat

Cabrera got 3,000 when hitting fellow Venezuelan, pitcher Antonio Senzatela in the first inning by grounding an opposite-field single to right field.

Cabrera immediately raised his right arm in celebration as he headed towards first base. Spencer Torkleson then hit a three-run homer to send Cabrera round the bases and that started the comfortable win over the Rockies.

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A landmark for Cabrera

The 39-year-old is the first Venezuelan-born player and seventh Latino to reach the 3,000 hit mark, a list that includes Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Rod Carew as well as Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre and Albert Pujols.

Cabrera was 20 years old when he made his MLB debut with the Marlins in 2003. He helped them win the World Series that year.

The Tigers acquired Cabrera in a 2007 trade, with Dontrelle Willis also going to Detroit in a deal for Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin.

Speaking to MLB.com, Cabrera said : "This one is really special for me, because I wanted to do it here in front of my family, in front of my hometown here in Detroit.

"I'm happy I hit it here. I'm happy people in Detroit could see it. Hopefully I can get more hits here. Thank God."

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