DETROIT (AP) — Third baseman Miguel Cabrera is out of the starting lineup for Detroit's game against the Cleveland Indians.
Cabrera has been bothered by a strained left abdominal wall for more than a month. The reigning AL MVP made an early exit from each of the Tigers' last two games.
Cabrera leads the majors with a .359 average and 130 RBIs, and his 43 home runs put him four behind Baltimore's Chris Davis. He is seeking his second consecutive Triple Crown.
General manager Dave Dombrowski says Cabrera probably could play on Saturday but the decision is to give him the day off.
Ramon Santiago got the start at third base and was in the ninth slot in the lineup. Torii Hunter moved back one spot to Cabrera's usual lineup slot of third.