Miguel Cabrera hasn't missed a game all season for the Detroit Tigers but that may change Monday night.
The two-time reigning AL MVP is day to day due to left hamstring tightness as the visiting Tigers open a four-game set with the Chicago White Sox.
Cabrera looked gimpy as he trotted to first on a sixth-inning single, and was lifted immediately after that for a pinch-runner in the Tigers' sixth loss in eight games, 5-3 to Boston on Sunday. He is hitting .326 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs and hopes to play Monday.
"Hopefully I'll feel better and be in there," Cabrera told the team's official website. "I don't know. I've gotta see tomorrow how it feels and see what we want to do."
Detroit (33-26) has won four of six over Chicago this season, with Cabrera going 10 for 26 with six RBIs.
If Cabrera doesn't play, one consolation for the Tigers is that they usually beat the White Sox when Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.69 ERA) starts. Porcello is 9-1 with a 2.36 ERA in his last 13 outings against Chicago, with Detroit winning 12 times.
Porcello has also posted a 2.84 ERA in winning his last five road outings although he lost for the second time in three starts Wednesday by yielding three runs over seven innings in an 8-2 defeat to Toronto.
Chicago second baseman Gordon Beckham is 12 for 29 with a homer and four doubles against Porcello, who will get his first look at Cuban sensation Jose Abreu.
Abreu and the White Sox are looking to regroup after getting swept by the Angels in Anaheim over the weekend. The slugger went 1 for 12 in the three games, striking out four times in Saturday's 6-5 loss and going 0 for 4 and hitting into two double plays in Sunday's 4-2 defeat.
"Well, I mean, it's a bummer now, but tomorrow is another day and you are playing another team so you can get right back at it," manager Robin Ventura said.
Now the White Sox (31-33) are eager to begin a nine-game homestand by cutting into their 4 1/2-game deficit against the AL Central-leading Tigers.
"We've got a big four coming up against Detroit and we're excited to put our best out there and try to make up some ground in the division," center fielder Adam Eaton said.
It won't be easy since the Tigers have taken four straight and eight of their last 12 games at U.S. Cellular Field.
Slumping Dayan Viciedo has two hits in his last 25 at_bats but may be looking forward to this series since he's 11 for 23 against Detroit this season.
Chicago will give the ball to Hector Noesi (1-4, 5.29), who is 3-16 with a 5.57 ERA in 28 career starts. He ended a 19-start winless drought in which he was 0-12 by limiting the Los Angeles Dodgers to one run over six innings in a 4-1 victory Tuesday.
The journeyman right-hander has made seven starts with Chicago after also pitching this season for Seattle and Texas.
"It was good for Hector to get that off his back, and hopefully it just keeps going for him," Ventura said. "You're happy for him with everything he's been through this year - being on a bunch of teams."
Noesi is 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in two career outings against Detroit.
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