DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera was out of the Tigers' lineup again Sunday, still receiving treatment on the abdominal strain that forced his early exit Thursday and Friday, and kept him on the bench Saturday. However, manager Jim Leyland showed some encouragement that Cabrera's making progress.
"He was moving around a little bit today, smiling, came down on the bench a little bit," Leyland said. "He got treated all day. I can't tell you when he'll play. I don't really know the answer to that."
The Tigers begin a three-game series Monday afternoon in Boston, where the results could have a huge impact on the best record in the American League and home-field advantage for the postseason.
Cabrera hit .333 (10-for-30) with four doubles, a home run and six RBIs over seven games at Fenway Park last year, so his return could change the tone of the series. However, the Tigers appear intent on making sure he's in playing shape when he returns, not just hobbling through with an impact swing.
Ramon Santiago started at third base Sunday for the second straight game. Torii Hunter again batted third.
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