Tigers manager Brad Ausmus stated the obvious when he called the series the biggest of the season to date.
With Cabrera dealing with an ankle injury, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Thursday that the team will rotate Cabrera and usual designated hitter Victor Martinez at first base.
In 31 games last month, Martinez batted .350 with a .442 on-base percentage as he racked up 41 hits and 19 walks.
39-year-old Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan has seen his share of pennant races, and for him, Sept. 1 marks the start of scoreboard watching.
The Tigers put it away with three runs in the ninth, as J.D. Martinez hit a sacrifice fly and Alex Avila and Don Kelly added RBI singles.
Cabrera, playing in the second game of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader, pulled up lame after being thrown out at first.
Ryan will start the nightcap of the doubleheader and make his major league debut.
After the Tigers tagged Sale for three runs in the first inning, the White Sox countered with six-straight off of Max Scherzer.
Martinez has been with the Tigers since coming over from the Red Sox in 2011, but missed the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL.
It was the first time this season that the former AL MVP allowed fewer than two runs in a game.