DETROIT -- Manager Jim Leyland said he learned something about his team on Sunday.
For the first time all season, the Tigers were without MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera in the lineup.
They didn't flinch.
Max Scherzer had another stellar outing, taking back the major-league strikeout lead (with nine for a season total of 195) from teammate Justin Verlander.
Offensively, Andy Dirks (RBI triple, batting third in Cabrera's spot), Prince Fielder (two-run home run), Delmon Young (solo home run) and Quintin Berry (sacrifice fly) picked up the slack in Cabrera's absence.
"I thought it was really good," Leyland said. "I think they knew with the big guy out of there. I think some guys really stepped up and responded. I'm proud of them."
The Tigers went 5-1 during the week and 6-3 overall on the home stand, which was not bad in Leyland's estimation.
"I think it was fine," Leyland said. "It was good. We're not going to win every game the rest of the way, that's for sure.
"We've got to try...