Beltre smoked an offering from Detroit Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly right up the middle in the second inning, a screaming shot back through the box that eventually skidded into the outfield for a base hit (his first of four on the night). The hit was a milestone knock for Beltre, as it was No. 2,500 in his impressive big-league career.
Beltre got to first base, and that’s where the home crowd showed their congratulations with a standing ovation. Beltre also got props from Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. After a couple of seconds of applause, Beltre went to tip his helmet in appreciation to the crowd.
That’s when Cabrera saw his chance. The reigning two-time American League MVP made a bid to touch Beltre’s head. Naturally, Beltre went right into a defensive mode, the latest reminder that he really doesn’t like his head touched.