DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera and Torii Hunter were supposed to have the day off.
Jhonny Peralta was supposed to be banned for baseball, and Tiger fans hadn't ever heard of Jose Iglesias a week ago. Even Bruce Rondon spent a large part of the season in Toledo after losing his job in spring training.
Sunday afternoon, all five of them played key roles in Detroit's 12-inning win over Chicago. The victory gave the Tigers a perfect 8-0 homestand and kept the red-hot Indians and Royals from gaining any ground in what has turned into a crazy divisional race.
The last one into the game was the one that Jim Leyland really didn't want to use. Not only did playing Cabrera risk aggravating the injuries that have cascaded from his original back problem, it reset the clock on any eventual stint on the disabled list.
After 11 innings of deadlock, though, Cabrera was Leyland's last chance. The reigning Triple Crown winner came out of the dugout to a huge roar from the sold-out crowd of 42,315 to ...