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Fox Sports Detroit:
The good news outweighed the bad news Monday night, but left everyone wondering if that would last.
The Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 in Chicago, Max Scherzer improved to 14-1 and Victor Martinez had a four-hit, three-RBI night but there was still a shadow cast over the night in the fifth inning.
Miguel Cabrera, who was intentionally walked in the top of the inning, appeared to grimace when he scored on Victor Martinez's two-RBI single.
Although Cabrera came out for the bottom of the inning, he left with one out. Don Kelly replaced him at third base.
Later, the team announced Cabrera had a sore left hip flexor and would be re-evaluated Tuesday. Cabrera is officially listed as day-to-day.
"He has some issues with that once in a while," manager Jim Leyland told FOX Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson. "Sometimes they can stretch him and get him right back in. We'll just have to wait and see. He had to come out of the game, so that's usually not a good sign."
Cabrera, who missed one game before the All-Star break because of stiffness in his hip and back, had to be in serious pain to leave in the middle of the game.
Cabrera spoke to reporters in Chicago, saying, "Felt weird (coming out), but I have to take care of myself."
Cabrera leads the league with a .359 batting average and 96 RBI and is second to Baltimore's Chris Davis (37 home runs) with 31 homers.
You can't underestimate Cabrera's importance to the Tigers.
If it's a short-term issue that keeps Cabrera out a week or less, then the Tigers should be able to get by without him, especially with Martinez heating up.
Martinez is batting .425 in the month of July and has his teammates throwing around some interesting superlatives.
"That was such a sexy hit," Scherzer said of Martinez's two-RBI single in the fifth that made it 3-0. "(Chris Sale's) such a good pitcher and his slider's so nasty and I was in here watching it, he threw another slider and that was a pretty good slider and Victor did such a good job of not trying to do too much with it and hit it right back up the middle. When he was able to do that, we scored two runs and that was just a big turning point in the game."
Martinez has lifted his average 45 points in his last 20 games to .270.
"Victor is hot," Torii Hunter told Thompson. "He's the hottest thing on the planet right now."
As hot as Martinez is, he can't be Cabrera. There's only one of those.
"No concern with Miguel, he's tough," Hunter said. "For him to come out, he might have been aching a little bit. We had a lead so he probably figured, hey, let me come out and try to get some treatment and get it done. I promise, this guy's a beast, he plays every day, he has fun. So if it takes a couple days for us to have him for the long run, that's fine."
However, if it's a situation where Cabrera needs to go on the disabled list, the Tigers could be in trouble.
For now, the Tigers remain hopeful.
"We have enough talent besides him to continue to play good baseball," Scherzer told Thompson. "But at the end of the day, he's the most valuable player. He's the MVP and we need him out there if we're going to win this American League Central because if not, the Indians are very good and they can chase us down.
"It doesn't matter what the situation is, we've got to play our best baseball in the second half."
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Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera sat out of Tuesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox due to a hip problem. However, that didn't stop Miggy from having fun in the dugout during his day off.
Cabrera was seen trying to share a fig snack with teammate Brayan Pena during the second inning. When Pena politely refused...
On his path to a second straight AL Triple Crown, perhaps only an injury can keep him from reaching it. Well, Miguel Cabrera was removed from Monday night's game with a leg injury.
UPDATE: Cabrera has reportedly suffered a hip injury.
The Detroit Tigers lost Miguel Cabrera early during their matchup with the Chicago White Sox last night, and they now hope he isn't lost for much longer. Cabrera appeared to hurt his hip or leg in the fifth inning, but he remained in the game. After trying to make a play in the bottom of the inning, Cabrera walked off the field and did not return.
Chris Iott of MLive...
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is currently out with a hip-flexor and he needed a way to entertain himself in the dugout. Rather than watch the game or just hang out, he decided to try and force-feed Brayan Pena. Obviously Pena is not a fan of Fig Newtons. [Deadspin]
As one of the best hitters in baseball, Miguel Cabrera is extremely entertaining to watch at the plate. As one of the funnier personalities in baseball, Miguel Cabrera is extremely entertaining to watch in the dugout.
After we got some footage of Miggy doing the robot in the dugout earlier this week, we now have the Tigers third baseman attempting to force feed a cookie to a teammate...
CHICAGO (AP) -- Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is not in the lineup for the second straight night against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
Cabrera, the reigning AL MVP who was baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, left Monday's game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a left hip flexor injury.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland gave no update on...
The Detroit Tigers were without third baseman Miguel Cabrera last night, and manager Jim Leyland told reporters -- including Joey Nowak of MLB.com -- that he doubts "very much" that the slugger will play today. In fact, there is a chance that Cabrera misses the remainder of the Tigers' series against the White Sox.
Leyland said that he's not sure if Cabrera...
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is out of Detroit's lineup for a fourth straight game because of an injured left hip.
Trainer Kevin Rand says the reigning Triple Crown winner is improving but needs a little more time to recover. The third baseman is hitting a major league-best .358 with 31 home runs and 96 RBIs.
Outfielder Torii Hunter also was scratched from Detroit's lineup...
The Detroit Tigers could be without Miguel Cabrera for the next handful of games but all signs point to star avoiding the disabled list.
Cabrera, 30, is having another fine season with 30 home runs and 96 RBI through 96 games.
In the top of the fifth inning of Monday’s game Cabrera injured his hip while running the bases. The Tigers could keep him out of action for a few days.
Traditionally, sunflower seeds and bubble gum are the foodstuffs of choice in major league dugouts. But sometimes, other munchies will be made available. Apparently, a mom of one of the players on the Detroit Tigers roster packed a special snack and sent it along with their special little baseball-playing boy before he headed to the [...]The post Miguel Cabrera attempts to force...
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...
The Tigers won a game, but lost a gamer Monday night.
Unless he has a bionic hip.
With Max Scherzer bouncing back from his first defeat to improve to 14-1 on the season, they beat the Chicago White Sox, 7-3, at U.S. Cellular Field.
A red-hot Victor Martinez had four hits and drove in three runs in the victory. He’s now hitting .425 for July.
During the game, though, Tigers’...
The Detroit Tigers are all about making sure their teammates are well fed. Anibal Sanchez has been seen feeding Max Scherzer seeds, and last night Miguel Cabrera was caught trying to force feed Brayan Pena a Fig Newton. But Pena's nipples were not very excited for Cabrera's cookie. Bad catcher! Cabrera would wind up eating it.
Video is below via MLB.com [H/T Sportress...
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