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Cabrera promises return

Miguel Cabrera leaves with an injured abdomen after an awkward slide but expects to play against the Indians today.

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Miguel Cabrera leaves with an injured abdomen after an awkward slide but expects to play against the Indians today.

DETROIT — Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera left Thursday's game against the A's after hurting his abdomen making an awkward slide trying to stretch a single into a double.

Cabrera insisted he would be back in the lineup tonight when the AL Central-leading Tigers begin a series against the second-place Indians.

"I'm okay," he said. "I'll play (today); don't worry."

The reigning Triple Crown winner limped off in the fifth inning and was listed as day-to-day. Cabrera has been hobbled this month with a strain in his groin, abdominal and hip area.

Former umpire dies

PALM HARBOR — Longtime major-league umpire Frank Pulli, who used replay to make a call nearly a decade before video reviews were allowed, died. He was 78.

MLB said Pulli, who umpired in the NL from 1972-99 and worked four World Series, died Wednesday from complications of Parkinson's disease.

Early in the 1999 season, Cliff Floyd of the Marlins hit a drive against St. Louis that was originally ruled a double. The Marlins argued, and Pulli, the crew chief, changed it to a home run.

That drew an argument from the Cardinals, so Pulli decided to check replays on a TV camera near the Marlins dugout. Pulli then overturned his call and put Floyd back at second base.

"I sure don't want to make a habit of it," Pulli said then of checking video. "But at that moment, I thought it was the proper thing to do."

The Marlins filed a protest that was denied by NL president Len Coleman. But Coleman also said Pulli was incorrect to use replay. In 2008, MLB approved the use of replay on potential homers.

Puig disciplined: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly pulled star rookie Yasiel Puig from Wednesday's 4-0 win against the Cubs in the fifth for disciplinary reasons. Mattingly would not disclose the exact reason. Puig said Mattingly explained it had to do with his defensive readiness. "I always give my best, but honestly, (Wednesday) there was some fatigue and I wasn't prepared," Puig said.

In the first inning, Puig went into second base standing up on a grounder rather than slide to break up a double play. After his third-inning strikeout, Puig slammed his bat in disgust.

Braves: OF Justin Upton left the game against Cleveland in the fifth after he was hit on his left hand by a pitch. X-rays were negative. He was listed as day-to-day.

Indians: RHP Brett Myers was released as the team cut ties with a huge free agent bust. He had signed a $7 million, one-year contract but had injuries and departed without winning a game. He went 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance before going on the DL on April 20 with a strained elbow tendon.

Mariners: Top RHP prospect Taijuan Walker was scheduled to make his majors debut at Houston today. Walker, 21, was selected in the first round of the 2010 draft and started the season at Double-A before being promoted to Triple-A.

Cabrera promises return 08/29/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 12:11am]
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