Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 8/26/12
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DETROIT -- It was a very different lineup for the Tigers on Sunday -- star slugger Miguel Cabrera wasn't in it. For the previous 126 games, Cabrera had played. With Cabrera battling a sore right ankle, manager Jim Leyland wrestled with the decision of whether he should use Cabrera as the designated hitter or sit him out completely. "I didn't even sleep last night," Leyland said. "I talked to a lot of people. I made a couple calls last night. I talked to my coaches all day "But you know, at the end of the day when I talked to Cabrera, I knew the best thing to do was to rest him today, no matter what the outcome of this game was. That's what managing is." Andy Dirks batted third in Cabrera's spot and went 2-for-3 with two runs, two hits, one an RBI triple. Leyland wanted to emphasize the fact that Cabrera did not ask for the day off. "If I told him he was DHing, he would have been fine," Leyland said. "He was the last guy that I wanted to talk to, just to see how he would look...
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