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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Miguel Cabrera has sore back

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Miguel Cabrera insists his sore back will not keep him out of the Detroit Tigers' lineup.

Cabrera acknowledged dealing with back soreness after Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays and said that he expected to play Wednesday.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he thinks Cabrera "will be fine" but added that he had not decided whether the reigning American League MVP would play Wednesday against Toronto.

"Guys get sore backs once in a while," Leyland told reporters Tuesday, according to The Detroit News. "Flying on airplanes, in different beds on the road, then back home in your own bed. That does happen from time to time."

Leyland also revealed that Cabrera, who belted a three-run homer in Tuesday's 7-6 victory, told him after the contest that he'd be ready.

"He said no rest tomorrow, he'll be ready," Leyland said. "We'll play that one by ear."

Cabrera said his lower back first felt stiff during batting practice, then got worse after he made a diving play in the first inning. He tweaked it again while batting in the top of the ninth and was replaced by Ramon Santiago in the bottom of the inning.

"Hopefully it's not a big deal and I can come in tomorrow, do treatment and be ready to play," Cabrera said.

After his historic 2012 season, when he became baseball's first Triple Crown winner since 1967, Cabrera has been even more productive this season. The 30-year-old slugger entered Wednesday leading the majors with a .368 batting average and 85 RBIs in 82 games.

Cabrera also has 26 home runs, second-most in the majors behind Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who entered Wednesday with 31 homers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.