Cleveland — Before having three hits in Tuesday’s 4-2 victory, Miguel Cabrera had one of his hits from Monday’s game against the Indians taken away, but it’s not as if he was robbed.
Changing his third-inning single to an error on right fielder Mike Aviles was the correct call because it was little more than a fly ball to right Aviles butchered.
So instead of going 4-for-5 in the 12-1 victory, Cabrera went 3-for-5.
Instead of 20 hits in the game, the Tigers had 19.
But the bigger difference was that Indians starter Corey Kluber allowed two earned runs instead of five, because after Cabrera got on base, Victor and J.D. Martinez homered back-to-back.
With the scoring change, those runs were changed from earned to unearned, and Kluber’s ERA was lowered from 2.72 to 2.58.
As a Cy Young Award contender, that’s a big change.
Also because of the switch, Cabrera’s batting average dropped from .304 to .302. His three hits Tuesday boosted his average to .307.
Soreness leaves Soria, not Sanchez
Anibal Sanchez still isn’t over the discomfort stemming from when he aggravated his right pectoral strain, so there’s no throwing schedule set up for him yet.
But reliever Joakim Soria, on the disabled list since Aug. 10 for a left oblique strain, is now soreness-free.
“For the first time, he didn’t feel anything,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “He threw on flat ground from about 140 feet. It’s the first time he’s felt absolutely nothing.”
Ausmus said, however, he didn’t know what the next step might be for Soria.
More importantly, when will Soria be able to pitch again for the Tigers?
“I don’t know if that’s known yet,” Ausmus said.
Ausmus part of no-hit history
In the aftermath of the Phillies’ four-pitcher no-hitter Monday against the Braves, Ausmus was asked how many no-hitters he caught.
Despite being seventh on the career list of games caught as a catcher (1,938), Ausmus said he caught only one — at Yankee Stadium in 2003 by six Astros pitchers, the most pitchers to combine for a no-hitter in history as well as being the first time the Yankees had been no-hit at home since Tigers pitcher Virgil Trucks did it in 1952.
One of the six Astros pitchers was former Tigers reliever Octavio Dotel, to whom the no-hitter didn’t seem to be a big deal.
“If they get a hit, who cares?” Dotel was quoted as saying after the game. “I just wanted to do my thing.”
Ausmus recalled that starter “Roy Oswalt got hurt and left early (in the second inning).”
He also remembers what kind of stuff Oswalt had that day.
“The way he was throwing,” he said, “it might have been a perfect game.”
Moya switches it up
Something to remember, just in case: Despite being listed as a left-handed hitter, Steven Moya already has been seen taking some right-handed swings during batting practice since being added to the roster.
“He looked good,” Ausmus said. “He hit two line drives.”
Does that mean he could get into a game and hit right-handed at some point in the future?
Before the question could be completed, Ausmus said, “I don’t know the answer to that.”
Tigers at Indians
First pitch: 7:05 Wednesday, Progressive Field, Cleveland
RHP Justin Verlander (12-11, 4.68), Tigers: He’s 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in last seven starts.
RHP Danny Salazar (5-6, 4.23), Indians: He’s 4-2 with a 2.84 ERA in his last seven starts; the Indians won five.