The Detroit Tigers hold a small lead over the Cleveland Indians in the division race. Losing the reigning American League Most Valuable Player for any amount of time would make the pennant race that much tougher.

Third baseman Miguel Cabrera left the game during the bottom of the fifth inning Monday night in the first game of a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. The official reason he was removed from the game was not immediately known.

Cabrera has been battling a bad back near his left hip for some time now. He appeared to wince after scoring a run in the top of the fifth, then barely moved when Adam Dunn singled to his right in to lead off the bottom of the inning. One out later, Cabrera walked off the field along with head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. Don Kelly took his place at third base.