Tigers' Cabrera belts 500th Major League home run

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Detroit's Miguel Cabrera acknowledges the cheers after hitting his 500th Major League Baseball career home run in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera became the 28th Major League Baseball player to hit 500 career home runs with a milestone blast in the sixth inning of the Tigers' 5-3 extra-innings win at Toronto on Sunday.

Cabrera, the first player to reach the 500-homer milestone as a Tiger, reached the magic number off Blue Jays left-handed starting pitcher Steven Matz to make it a 1-1 game.

He was mobbed by teammates, with fans at the Rogers Centre and the Blue Jays joining in a standing ovation.

But it would be some time before the Tigers could celebrate the achievement with a victory, finally locking it up after 11 innings.

Cabrera's homer -- into the right center field seats off a 1-1 changeup -- was the only damage the Tigers could do to Matz.

Cabrera had gone eight games without a home run since hitting No. 499 against the Orioles in Baltimore.

But after reaching the elusive milestone the Venezuelan is the first player to join the 500-homer club since David Ortiz, who was with the Red Sox when he hit No. 500 on September 12, 2015.

Cabrera ranks second in home runs among active players behind Albert Pujols, who hit his 500th on April 22, 2014, with the Angels and went into Sunday with 677 for his career.

Cabrera is the first Venezuela native and the sixth player born outside the United States -- along with Ortiz, Pujols, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Manny Ramirez -- to hit 500 homers.

The homer was also his 2,955th career hit, another step in another milestone chase.

Only six players in history have 500 career home runs and 3,000 career hits.

With 36 games left in the Tigers' season, the odds are long that he could become the first player ever to record his 500th homer and 3,000th hit in the same season.

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