Series: Game 2 of 3

Cleveland leads 1-0 (as of 9/28)

Game 1: Monday, September 27
Game 2: Tuesday, September 28
Game 2: Wednesday, September 29
Game 3: Wednesday, September 29

7:05 PM ET, September 28, 2010

Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

Starting Pitchers

Detroit: Scherzer (12-11, 3.50 ERA)

Cleveland: Talbot (10-13, 4.41 ERA)

Tigers-Indians Preview


With the Tigers having long been out of the playoff race, the only question in Detroit was whether Miguel Cabrera would win AL MVP.

Now that could be in jeopardy in the final week of the regular season.

A day after suffering a right ankle injury, Cabrera hopes to avoid missing much playing time when the Tigers continue a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Cabrera has struggled all season in Cleveland, hitting .217 at Progressive Field, but Monday's game has the potential to end a career-best year on a sour note. The first baseman left Monday's 6-3 loss in the seventh inning when he landed awkwardly while trying to get back to first on a pick-off attempt. He limped from the field and was taken for X-rays, which were negative.

"I'm concerned about it," manager Jim Leyland said of Cabrera's injury. "You could see the way he was reacting that he was in pain. It was hurting. You don't take any chances with anybody, let alone him."

It's bad timing for the MVP candidate, who may have to play through pain over the next few games to help his chances. Cabrera, who had four homers and eight RBIs in his previous six games, leads the majors with 126 RBIs, is tied for second in the AL with 38 home runs and is third with a .328 batting average.

The Tigers (80-76) will try to bounce back after Monday's loss in which Travis Hafner, Matt LaPorta and Luke Carlin all homered in the fifth inning off Armando Galarraga. Detroit had won eight of nine coming in, averaging 7.4 runs, but has been outscored 34-15 while losing six straight at Progressive Field.

The Indians (66-91) have scored 24 runs during a four-game winning streak, their longest since a season-best six-game run July 16-20. They'll try to keep it up against Max Scherzer (12-10 3.40 ERA), who has won his last two starts.

Scherzer gave up two hits in 7 2/3 scoreless innings of a 4-2 win over Kansas City on Wednesday, lowering his ERA over his last 11 starts to 1.93.

"He very well could be the best pitcher in our league right now," Johnny Damon said.

However, the right-hander is 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA in three starts against the Indians this season, including 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in two at Cleveland.

Mitch Talbot (9-13, 4.61) will counter for the Indians, looking to avoid a third straight loss.

On Thursday, he pitched for the first time since Sept. 12 when he left in the first inning because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He gave up three runs in five innings of a 4-2 loss to the Royals.

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts against the Tigers this season.

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Gameday Matchup

Current StreakW1L2
Last 104-67-3

Pitching Matchup

M. Scherzer
12-11, 3.50 ERA

Last Game:
9/29 at CLE
5.0 IP, 4 ER
Dec = Loss
M. Talbot
10-13, 4.41 ERA

Last Game:
9/29 at CLE
7.0 IP, 0 ER
Dec = Win

Gameday Lineups

1. A. Jackson, CF M. Brantley, CF
2. W. Rhymes, 2B A. Cabrera, SS
3. J. Damon, DH S. Choo, RF
4. R. Raburn, LF T. Hafner, DH
5. D. Kelly, 1B M. LaPorta, 1B
6. J. Peralta, SS T. Crowe, LF
7. B. Boesch, RF A. Marte, 3B
8. B. Inge, 3B L. Valbuena, 2B
9. A. Avila, C L. Marson, C