NEW YORK -- Miguel Cabrera joined the 1,000-RBI club at age 29 on Friday, hitting four digits with an RBI single in the third inning at Yankee Stadium.
It wasn't the usual style of RBI hit for Cabrera, known for his mighty home run power, but it was effective as part of four consecutive Tigers singles to open a lead on the Bronx Bombers. Cabrera's ground ball to right field was the third of those hits off Yankees starter Ivan Nova and drove in Austin Jackson.
That made Cabrera the 272nd player in Major League history to drive in 1,000 runs. He moved into a tie with Darryl Strawberry for 271st place on the all-time list, and crept within three of former Tigers great Alan Trammell.
No other active player on that 1,000-RBI list is younger than 30. In fact, no other 20-something player is even close. David Wright, 29, is the next-closest player that young, entering Friday with 735 RBIs.
Cabrera has driven in at least 103 runs in each of his eight full Major League seasons, including 105 last year. He led the Majors with 126 RBIs in 2010, and set a career high with 127 RBIs in his first season as a Tiger in '08.
Cabrera just turned 29 a week ago. For comparison's sake, active RBI leader Alex Rodriguez collected his 1,054th RBI on his 29th birthday in 2004. Chipper Jones, next-highest on the list, had just 653 RBIs when he turned 29 in '01. Albert Pujols, seventh among active hitters at just age 32, had 977 RBIs before his 29th birthday in '09.