Miguel Cabrera at 2,999 career hits after Tigers’ loss to Yankees

Detroit — The magic number is down to one.

Miguel Cabrera singled in his first three at-bats Wednesday during the Tigers’ 5-3 loss to the Yankees—Nos. 2,997, 2,998 and 2,999 of his illustrious career.

It was the loss, though, that was most on his mind afterward.

“I didn’t hit the ball hard and got three hits today,” Cabrera shrugged. “Baseball is really hard. I was really lucky today. But we lost.”

Still, when he came to bat in the eighth inning with the Tigers down by two, the crowd — which was announced at 17,268 but seemed to swell considerably after Cabrera got the three hits — stood, cell phone cameras recording, in anticipation of the magic moment.

Instead, Yankees reliever Clay Holmes struck him out with a 93 mph sinker.

“I know this is a special moment,” Cabrera said. “But at the same time, I’ve got to do my job and get on base in that situation. I was leadoff in that inning and I struck out.”

Cabrera’s three hits cam in a variety pack. The first was an infield single against Yankees starter Luis Severino. Exit velocity—59.2 mph.

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