Detroit Tigers: Last Week’s 5 Heroes and Zeroes

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Apr 19, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) runs the bases after hitting a grand slam home run in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

#3 Hero: Yoenis Cespedes

It’s early, but Yoenis Cespedes seems to be a player reborn in Detroit, something a lot of us expected with the influence of Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and other supportive outlets within the Tigers’ clubhouse.

Though Cespedes actually cooled off a bit after a torrid start through the first week, his game on Sunday clinched him a spot on this list.

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Cespedes came up with the bases loaded in the first inning with two out. The Tigers had seen their potent offense taper off in the second week so runs were important to come by. Facing a 3-2 count, Cespedes delivered an early knock-out blow. Through steady rain, never optimum batting conditions, he launched a ball deep into the left field seats at Comerica Park off Jose Quintana, earning the first Grand Slam of his career.

A couple of innings later he launched a two-run shot and the Tigers lead 7-0, six runs of which were accounted for by Cespedes’ bat.

The nature of a slugger, Cespedes will have his ups and downs, but early on it seems his ups will outweigh the downs.

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