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Leyland Doesn’t Expect Cabrera To Play This Weekend

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Manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers. (File Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers. (File Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit manager Jim Leyland says it’s doubtful Miguel Cabrera will play when the Tigers begin their spring training schedule this weekend.

The first baseman arrived at camp Thursday after being arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving. Leyland says Friday that he expects his slugger to have the best season of his career.

The 27-year-old Cabrera took batting practice Friday and Leyland said he was “thrilled” to have him back and that he would be the starting first baseman on opening day in New York, March 31.

Cabrera was arrested Feb. 16 on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors. He is set to be arraigned on March 16.

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