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Cabrera out of lineup Wednesday

Cabrera out of lineup Wednesday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Twins, but manager Jim Leyland said he will be available to pinch-hit.

"I'm going to give him another day," Leyland said before Wednesday's game. "If the ideal situation came up, I would pinch-hit him again. But I expect him to play tomorrow in Seattle."

Cabrera was out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday after exiting Monday's contest with a tight left hip flexor. The slugger pinch-hit in the eighth inning, however, entering the game for Clete Thomas and popping out to right field off Minnesota reliever Dennys Reyes.

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Cabrera was injured in the bottom of the second on Monday after dropping a throw from third baseman Carlos Guillen following a Brendan Harris grounder.

Leyland said he made the decision to hold Cabrera out of Wednesday's starting lineup because the first baseman "limped up to home plate noticeably" before his pinch-hit attempt on Tuesday.

Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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