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Miggy feels good, says 'no time to complain or worry'

Slugger drives in run, removed for defense in eighth inning of Game 1

OAKLAND -- In his first at-bat Friday, Miguel Cabrera singled sharply up the middle. His second time up, he lined out to center.

Going into Game 1 of the American League Division Series against Oakland, there had been some question about how nagging groin and abdominal injuries would impact one of baseball's best hitters and, by extension, the Tigers' postseason chances.

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If Detroit's 3-2 win over the Athletics is any indication, he should be just fine.

"I felt good. We won the game. I think that's the most important thing right now," the slugging third baseman said. "It's not an issue. We try to do the best we can, and that's it. This is no time to complain or worry. We want to play."

Cabrera came out of the game for defense in the bottom of the eighth after grounding out to third in the top of the inning.

"He tried to kick it in and it looked like it bothered him a little bit," manager Jim Leyland said. "I wasn't comfortable taking him out in a one-run game, but there was a little more to it.

"As you know, this is a ballpark with a lot of foul territory, and I felt like at that point, if they hit a popup over there and he can't get to it ... that's an out we might give up. So it was a combination of a lot of things. Take away the bunt a little, obviously. And, like I say, the foul territory."

Paul Hagen is a reporter for

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