Third baseman Miguel Cabrera left the game early with abdominal pain for the second straight night as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 in a rain-shortened game.
Victor Martinez doubled twice and drove in two runs for the American League Central-leading Tigers, who have a 7 1/2-game lead over the Indians.
Cabrera, 30, left after two innings of last night’s game, which was called after seven innings at Comerica Park in Detroit.
The previous night, Cabrera exited after he aggravated his two-month-old abdominal injury by trying to stretch a fifth-inning single into a double with an awkward slide against the Oakland Athletics.
Cabrera, who struck out in his only plate appearance last night, leads Major League Baseball with 130 runs batted in and a .358 batting average. He also has 43 home runs, second only to the 47 of Baltimore’s Chris Davis.
Cabrera was selected as the American League’s Most Valuable Player last year after becoming the first major leaguer in 45 years to win the Triple Crown by leading his league in home runs, RBIs and batting average.
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