Detroit — Tens of thousands of fans stood on their feet Thursday, cheering loudly and aiming their camera phones at Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera each time he stepped to the plate in anticipation that he would pound out his 3,000th career hit.

But that one magic base hit to make history didn’t come to fruition against the New York Yankees, and his date with destiny was delayed amid the Tigers’ 3-0 shutout victory.

Cabrera was hitless through three at bats when he came to the plate in the eighth inning with the Tigers leading 1-0 and runners on second and third. The fans went into a tizzy thinking and even verbalizing: This could be it. 

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But Yankees manager Aaron Boone decided to intentionally walk Cabrera and fill the bases with runners. This allowed Boone to leave left-handed pitcher Lucas Luetge in the game to pitch to Tigers left-handed hitting outfield Austin Meadows — a match-up that managers normally figure gives the advantage to the pitcher. 

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