August 26th, 2012

Miguel Cabrera sits Sunday against Angels

By all accounts, Miguel Cabrera didn’t suffer any setback that worsened either of his ankles. But despite what Jim Leyland said Saturday about not resting his star slugger, with Cabrera seriously hobbled for the last two days while DHing, Leyland had a decision to make: Keep playing Cabrera at DH for as long as needed and fill in at third base until he can go, or rest Cabrera on Sunday with the hope that two days off his feet (with Monday’s team off-day) will get him closer to not only playing healthy, but playing third base. As the last two nights have shown, it’s a different looking lineup if Cabrera has to DH or if he can play third.

In the end, Leyland decided to give Cabrera the day out of the lineup. Delmon Young, Brennan Boesch and Andy Dirks are all playing, with Dirks batting third. Gerald Laird, 6-for-18 off Ervin Santana, gets the start behind the plate.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Omar Infante, 2B
  3. Andy Dirks, LF
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Brennan Boesch, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Jeff Baker, 3B
  9. Gerald Laird, C

P: Max Scherzer

ANGELS

  1. Mike Trout, CF
  2. Maicer Izturis, 3B
  3. Torii Hunter, RF
  4. Kendrys Morales, DH
  5. Mark Trumbo, 1B
  6. Howard Kendrick, 2B
  7. Erick Aybar, SS
  8. Vernon Wells, LF
  9. Chris Iannetta, C

P: Ervin Santana

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