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Tigers likely to be without Cabrera against Tribe

Aug 31, 2013 - 2:02 PM (Sports Network) - American League ERA leader Anibal Sanchez tries to help the Detroit Tigers increase their lead atop the American League Central on Saturday when they continue a three-game series versus the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park.

Sanchez, though, may have to get by without the amazing Miguel Cabrera, who was forced from a second straight game on Friday because of irritation in his abdominal area.

"I don't feel very good," said Cabrera, who leads the majors with 130 RBI, a .358 average and is second with 43 homers. "I don't want to be specific. I don't feel 100 percent."

Tigers' manager Jim Leyland acknowledged that his team would likely be without the reigning Triple Crown winner on Saturday.

"All I can tell you is when you pull a guy out one night, normally he doesn't start the next day," he said. "I don't have any idea. I don't really know. I just have to play it by ear, see what happens.''

Even without Cabrera on Friday Detroit handled Cleveland for a 13th time in 14 games, as Victor Martinez smacked a two-run double among his two hits in the Tigers' 7-2 win.

Rick Porcello (11-7) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Bruce Rondon was credited with his first career save by recording the final out in the top of the seventh inning.

Zach McAllister (7-8) was roughed up for five runs on six hits and four walks over just 3 2/3 innings for Cleveland, which has dropped four consecutive games and has fallen 7 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the American League Central.

It won't get any easier for the Tribe on Saturday.

Sanchez has won his last four decisions and is 11-7 on the year with a league- best 2.61 ERA. He did not get a decision against the Oakland Athletics on Monday, as he allowed four runs and five hits in five innings in five innings.

It was his the first time in eight starts since the All-Star break that the right-hander surrendered more than two runs.

"He was just totally out of sync for whatever reason," Leyland said. "Certainly you're allowed to have those. He's been absolutely fantastic. That's one of those games where it just wasn't his day."

Sanchez has faced the Indians six times and is 3-1 against them with a 1.88 ERA.

Cleveland, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Scott Kazmir, who was brilliant his last time out. Kazmir had yielded 10 runs in his previous two starts before holding the Minnesota Twins to a run in six innings on Sunday to improve to 7-6 on the year, while lowering his ERA to 4.25.

"I felt fresh out there, I did," Kazmir said. "Especially with runners in scoring position, I felt like I was able to kick it up a little bit and just throw quality pitches. That was my main goal."

In 12 starts against the Tigers Kazmir is 4-4 with a 3.73 ERA.

Detroit has dominated the Indians this season, taking 14 of the 17 overall matchups.








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    DETROIT: 10
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  • Prince Fielder double to right scored Jose Iglesias with two out. Runner on second and Victor Martinez due up.

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  • Jose Iglesias sacrifice fielder's choice to pitcher scored Austin Jackson with one out. Runner on first and Torii Hunter due up.

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  • Austin Jackson triple to left scored Hernan Perez and Ramon Santiago with one out. Runner on third and Jose Iglesias due up.

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  • Carlos Santana one-out, two-run inside-the-park Home Run (17) to center scored Jason Kipnis. Michael Brantley due up.

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  • Yan Gomes two-out, solo Home Run (9) to left. Michael Bourn due up.

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  • Omar Infante one-out, two-run Home Run 2 (9) to left scored Andy Dirks. Brayan Pena due up.

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  • Michael Bourn single to right scored Asdrubal Cabrera with two out. On the play, Jason Giambi advances to second. Runners on first and second and Nick Swisher due up.

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  • Torii Hunter single to center scored Ramon Santiago with two out. On the play, Austin Jackson advances to second. Runners on first and second and Prince Fielder due up.

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  • Omar Infante none-out, three-run Home Run (8) to left scored Victor Martinez and Matt Tuiasosopo. Brayan Pena due up.

    Indians 1, Tigers 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 31 7:46 PM


  • Carlos Santana single to center scored Michael Bourn with two out. Runner on first and Michael Brantley due up.

    Indians 1, Tigers 0  Top 1, 2 OutsAug 31 7:18 PM


  • CLEVELAND: 0
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