They missed him, but they didn’t

Miguel Cabrera doesn’t have to sit out many games, The Tigers, of course, are thankful for that.

But it’s not as if they go belly-up whenever he is just an observer, which was the case with his sore left hip flexor muscle on Tuesday night.

Proving that any game without Cabrera can be won if your starting pitcher is sharp and the other team isn’t, the Tigers downed the Chicago White Sox, 6-2, at U.S. Cellular Field.

There was good news for the Tigers after the game as well, when manager Jim Leyland said he does not think Cabrera will have to go on the disabled list because of the injury that forced him out of Monday night’s game.

“I don’t know that he’ll play in either one, to be honest with you,” Leyland said about the next two games for Cabrera, “but he won’t play in both for sure. At most, he’ll play in one of the two.’

Even without Cabrera, who said he’s relieved to be feeling better, the Tigers finally climbed to 11 games over .500 for the first time this season — after being at 10 games over for the eighth time.

In the victory, the Tigers looked like the first-place team they are, while the White Sox, who somehow beat the Tigers in two of the first three games between the teams this season, looked like the dead last team they are.

With more emphasis on dead than last.

After making two errors in the ninth inning of Monday night’s loss, the Sox made four in the first six innings of the this sloppy game.

They were absolutely terrible, but by far their worst play occurred on an RBI triple by Tigers rookie second baseman Hernan Perez.

Sox left-fielder Dayan Viciedo bobbled the ball at the wall three, no, four times as Perez rounded the bases.

Not that it would have made any difference, but Sox manager Robin Ventura wasn’t around to watch it. He got tossed for a dispute about a botched rundown in the first.

The Tigers are now 4-0 without Cabrera since the beginning of the 2011 season, and while they don’t want to test how long that streak could continue, it’s clear they don’t wring their hands with concern whenever he’s out.