Torii Hunter's walk-off three-run homer helped the Tigers avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Athletics on Thursday noon but the big story of the day was Miguel Cabrera's latest injury. The reigning AL MVP left the game with "discomfort" in his abdomen after sliding into second base and is day-to-day. Cabrera 30 has been playing through a left hip flexor strain and an abdominal issue for several weeks. He also fouled two pitches off his leg against Mariano Rivera three weeks ago and spent a few days hobbling around the bases. This last month or so has been very tough on Cabrera physically. Despite all that the man is a hitting machine. He came into Thursday leading all of baseball with a .357 average and 130 RBI and he's only four home runs behind Chris Davis. A second consecutive Triple Crown something that has never happened before in history is well within reach. That is if the injuries and his team's success don't get in the way. Following Thursday's win the Tigers have a comfortable six-game lead over the Indians in the AL Central. It's not a huge lead with a month to play -- the Tribe do have a cupcake schedule down the stretch -- but it's comfortable. Not the kind of lead you can lose in a weekend. Detroit and Cleveland will meet for three games starting Friday giving the Tigers a chance to really put the division race to bed.
Injuries and the Indians could cut Cabrera's Triple Crown pursuit short
CBS Sports | Aug 29