Phillies-Tigers Preview 7-26-13

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Tigers hope to have Miguel Cabrera and Torii Hunter in the lineup and hand Hamels his 13th defeat Friday night when the Philadelphia Phillies visit Detroit for the first time in 11 years.

Playing for a third straight game without Cabrera because of an injured left hip flexor, the AL Central-leading Tigers (56-45) had their four-game winning streak snapped in Thursday’s 7-4 road loss to the White Sox that also prevented a four-game road sweep.

While manager Jim Leyland said the 2012 AL MVP was improving, he didn’t say whether Cabrera would play against the Phillies. Cabrera is batting .441 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 16 games at Comerica Park.

“I’m not going to do anything stupid,” Leyland said. “Just have to wait and see how he comes in tomorrow.”

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