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Miggy not an automatic to be replaced on defense

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DETROIT -- Lost in the questions about Jim Leyland's bullpen use in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series was the presence of Miguel Cabrera at third base. It was the same point in the game that Leyland replaced Cabrera in Game 1 with Ramon Santiago for defense, and that was a 1-0 game.

In both games, Cabrera's spot in the order was due up fourth in the ninth inning. In the case of Game 2, there was a chance to do something big in that spot.

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DETROIT -- Lost in the questions about Jim Leyland's bullpen use in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series was the presence of Miguel Cabrera at third base. It was the same point in the game that Leyland replaced Cabrera in Game 1 with Ramon Santiago for defense, and that was a 1-0 game.

In both games, Cabrera's spot in the order was due up fourth in the ninth inning. In the case of Game 2, there was a chance to do something big in that spot.

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Cabrera was on deck when Torii Hunter popped out to end the top of the ninth inning. If the Red Sox had been shut down in the bottom half, Cabrera would've led off the 10th.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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