Cabrera smacks MLB's snowy opening homer

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Miguel Cabrera has hit the first home run of the new Major League Baseball season, a drive through the snow in Detroit's chilly opener against Cleveland.

The temperature at game time on Thursday was 32 degrees, and the snow at Comerica Park was becoming a bit more intense when the Venezuelan veteran Cabrera hit a first-inning shot to right field off Cleveland ace Shane Bieber.

It wasn't easy to see the ball through the snow, and the 37-year-old slid into second base, unsure if he'd actually cleared the wall.

But a replay review confirmed the ball left the park, and Cabrera's 488th career homer was upheld, putting him just five homers shy of tying Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 28th on the all-time list.

The new season had earlier opened at Yankee Stadium, where Gerrit Cole threw the first pitch of the year, a ball to Toronto's Marcus Semien.