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Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera back out of lineup; Leyland says slugger is 'a little sore'

Detroit's third baseman Miguel Cabrera is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

The reigning AL MVP and Triple Crown winner had missed three straight games with what the team called a strained abdomen, but he returned for Tuesday night's 2-1 loss to Boston and went 0 for 4.

Manager Jim Leyland said "he's a little sore" before the lineup was posted in the locker room.

Asked by a reporter if he just needed a day off, Cabrera said "yeah." Then he extended his hand to shake hands, said "thank you," smiled and walked away.

Cabrera leads the majors with a .355 average with 130 RBIs. He has 43 homers, four behind the Orioles' Chris Davis.

Don Kelly is scheduled to play third and bat sixth.