With a host of relatives in town from Venezuela, though, Cabrera's wife told the Indians' shortstop that she was fine with him heading to Progressive Field for Friday's game against the Orioles. All he did was go 2-for-4 with four RBIs in helping the Tribe to an 8-2 win.
"My family is first," Cabrera said. "I enjoyed that moment [on Thursday] and I was excited to come back and play the game. Sometimes when you have a baby you take off two or three days, but we were playing here.
"And my wife, she was here in Cleveland, and we had family come from Venezuela, she said to me, 'Go play. I'll be with my family and I'll be all right.' Everything is good, so I came to play."
Credit Mrs. Cabrera with an assist.
Entering Saturday's action, Cabrera was hitting .302 with four home runs, two doubles and an American League-leading 14 RBIs for the Indians. Cabrera's latest showing -- a pair of two-run singles on Friday -- made him only the second Indians player in the past five years with at least four RBIs in a game without an extra-base hit. Ryan Garko also accomplished the feat in 2008.