Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/4/13
The top contenders in the AL Central have been flexing their muscles lately with the Detroit Tigers winning eight straight and 12 of 13 while the Cleveland Indians have won 10 of 11. The Tigers have been winning even without Miguel Cabrera and it's not clear if the reigning AL MVP or Jhonny Peralta will be in the lineup for Monday night's opener of a four-game set in Cleveland. Cabrera has started three times in Detroit's last 11 games due to hip and abdominal problems, with the Tigers (64-45) losing once in that span. He returned from a three-game absence Sunday with a pinch-hit single in the 12th inning and Detroit went on to score the winning run in that frame for a 3-2 victory over the White Sox that capped an 8-0 homestand. The Tigers haven't been able to gain much separation on the Indians, who have won 11 straight at home for their best streak since a 14-game run April 3-May 10, 2011. That's the same year the Tigers last won nine in a row overall Sept. 2-14. "They've got ...
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