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Preview: Indians (7-8) at Tigers (7-5)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Comerica Park
Date: September 01, 2013 1:08 PM EDT
  

Miguel Cabrera's hunt for another Triple Crown may resume on Sunday.

The Detroit Tigers' domination of the Cleveland Indians has never taken a break.

Detroit looks to wrap up another series sweep and an eighth straight victory over its closest pursuers in the AL Central.

Even without Cabrera in the lineup, the Tigers (80-56) kept rolling Saturday, picking up their 14th win in 15 tries against the Indians behind two Omar Infante home runs.

"Sometimes a team has got your number," Cleveland's Nick Swisher said after his team fell 8 1/2 games behind Detroit and remained 4 1/2 out of the second wild-card spot. "Just got to take it on the chin and keep moving. Keep fighting, that's all we can do."

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Infante is batting .361 with two homers, three doubles, a triple and 10 RBIs in nine games against the Indians (71-64).

"Everybody knows Cabrera's a good hitter and we're better with him in the lineup," Infante said. "But we've got a good team. We've got good hitting. We've got everything."

Still, the Tigers hope to have their star back.

After making early exits on Thursday and Friday, Cabrera sat out Saturday's game with a strained left abdominal wall that has been bothering him for more than a month.

Cabrera didn't lose any ground in the Triple Crown chase - Baltimore's Chris Davis has gone three games without a home run - but that isn't general manager Dave Dombrowski's main concern.

"Our primary concern with Miguel Cabrera is his health," Dombrowski said. "As much as anybody would, we'd like to see him win the home run title, RBI title or Triple Crown, but he's playing for the good of the team."

Justin Verlander (12-10, 3.73 ERA) will look to bounce back from a pair of rough starts at Comerica Park in which he surrendered 11 runs in 12 innings.

Walks have been a problem of late, as the right-hander has surrendered three free passes in consecutive starts.

Home runs have also been a problem. After allowing 12 home runs through his first 24 starts, Verlander has yielded a long ball in four straight starts, giving up five overall.

Those two trends accounted for most of the damage Tuesday, when Verlander yielded five runs - three earned - in five innings of a 6-3 loss to Oakland.

A leadoff walk led to a two-run first inning for the Athletics.

"Even in that inning, there were times that I felt like I had really good stuff, but I couldn't control it," Verlander said. "I'd get in a rhythm for a couple pitches, and then get out of sync again."

Danny Salazar (1-2, 3.67) has also struggled with the long ball, surrendering five home runs over his last 21 innings.

On Tuesday, Salazar allowed two runs, three hits and two walks in four innings of a 2-0 loss to Atlanta.

Since throwing 103 pitches in his second start of the season, when he allowed four runs in 7 2-3 innings to Detroit, Salazar has yet to go beyond 77 in three starts.

Salazar's 120 innings between the major and minor leagues this season already far exceed his 87 2-3 in 2012.

"There's going to be a day when we can turn him loose and let that four turn into six or seven, but not right now," manager Terry Francona said.

Cabrera struck out his first three times against Salazar but homered in his final at-bat off the right-hander on Aug. 7, while Austin Jackson also homered.

Verlander has won three straight starts against the Indians, including eight innings of one-run ball on Aug. 6.

New acquisition Jason Kubel is 12 for 41 off Verlander with five doubles.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Indians at Tigers
Fri, Aug 30 Final 2 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Indians at Tigers
Sat, Aug 31 Final 5 to 10
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Indians at Tigers
Sun, Sep 1 Final 4 to 0
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  +150   -145   8.5 
 DET  -160   +125   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  +155   -140   8.5 
 DET  -170   +120   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  17%   27%   61% 
 DET  83%   73%   39% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 31, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 5 Over: 15 
 DET 10 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Aug 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 2 Under: 9 
 DET 7 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 10 Cover: +100 
 CLE 3 Over: 13 
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 Aug 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 6 Cover: +100 
 CLE 5 Over: 11 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Aug 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 5 Cover: +100 
 CLE 1 Under: 6 
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 Aug 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 4 Cover: +100 
 CLE 2 Under: 6 
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 Jul 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 4 Cover: +100 
 CLE 2 Under: 6 
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 Jul 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 6 Over: 15 
 CLE 9 Cover: +121 
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 Jul 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 9 Cover: +100 
 CLE 4 Over: 13 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jul 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 7 Cover: +120 
 CLE 0 Under: 7 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Sep 1
 
    Indians at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Red Sox
1:35 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Pirates
1:35 PM EDT
    Angels at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    Mariners at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Twins at Rangers
3:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Dodgers
4:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Braves
5:00 PM EDT
    Mets at Nationals
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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