Ankle soreness forces Miggy to DH in finale

Ankle soreness forces Miggy to DH in finale

Ankle soreness forces Miggy to DH in finale
DETROIT -- For the second time in five days, the Tigers started Miguel Cabrera at designated hitter Thursday. If it works out as manager Jim Leyland hopes, it'll be the last time for a while.

"I think if I can get him off his feet one more day, we can pretty much be over the hump with that [sore left] ankle," Leyland said before a 4-3 loss to the Yankees. "It's still pretty sore. So that's why I had to make that adjustment."

Cabrera went 1-for-4 against the Yankees.

The sore ankle came from a foul ball off Cabrera's left shin, which caused drainage to his ankle. He was the DH on Sunday against Cleveland in a similar scenario, with a day game after a night game.

That game featured a lefty starter for the Indians and a righty-loaded lineup for the Tigers. Thursday, the Tigers faced right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, and Leyland used an outfield composed of all left-handed hitters -- Quintin Berry in center, Andy Dirks in left and Brennan Boesch in right.

Austin Jackson got a day out of the starting lineup for the first time since he returned from the disabled list two months ago, though he pinch-ran in the sixth and later batted.

"He's getting a well-deserved rest," Leyland said. "We're going to Texas. It's going to be hot. I'm getting Berry in there. He's done a good job."

Jackson's 11-game hitting streak was snapped, and he went 3-for-15 with six strikeouts over the four-game set with the Yankees.