Detroit Tigers pull out victory in ninth after Miguel Cabrera leaves with injury
The reigning Triple Crown winner vowed he’d be in the Tigers’ lineup on Friday.
The Associated Press
DETROIT — Max Scherzer was roughed up, and Miguel Cabrera left with an injury. It made for a quiet scene in the ninth inning at a mostly empty Comerica Park.
Then Torii Hunter turned it around with one big swing for the Detroit Tigers.
Hunter hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth, lifting Detroit to a 7-6 win over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday that averted a four-game series sweep.
Then Cabrera, the reigning Triple Crown winner, vowed he would be in the lineup Friday when the AL Central leaders begin a three-game series with the second-place Cleveland Indians.
Cabrera departed in the fifth inning after hurting his abdomen while making an awkward slide trying to stretch a single into a double.
“I’m OK,” he said. “I’ll play (Friday) — don’t worry.”
• Federal officials say the San Francisco Giants have paid nearly $545,000 in back wages and damages to dozens of clubhouse and administrative employees for violations of minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping laws.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced the figure Thursday. According to labor officials, investigators found clubhouse employees were working more hours than were recorded, but receiving only a flat pay rate that amounted to less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
The Giants were also accused of not paying the employees overtime.
• Cleveland released pitcher Brett Myers, a total bust for the Indians after signing a $7 million, one-year contract during the offseason.
• The Los Angeles Angels placed third baseman Chris Nelson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and recalled infielder Luis Jimenez from Class AAA Salt Lake.