MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers offense currently has more balance right now than it arguably has at any point this season. But that doesn't mean that they can go a game without their slugger in the cleanup spot.
Manager Jim Leyland openly pondered whether to give Cabrera a day off on Wednesday, pairing it up with Thursday's scheduled off-day to give him a good long rest before they get back to action on Friday. But Cabrera continues to say he wants to play, and when Leyland checked again with his MVP candidate on Wednesday morning, Cabrera said that he felt fine despite a sore back.
Thus, Cabrera continued his run as one of two Tigers to play in every game this season -- Austin Jackson being the other. He hasn't missed a game since his right ankle sprain in the final week of last season.
As long as Cabrera is playing, he's likely to be at first base. Though Victor Martinez can play first, he's also coming off a groin injury that had him on the 15-day disabled list until last week.