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CHICAGO -- Miguel Cabrera probably shouldnt even have been playing Wednesday. [url=http://www.hockeysenatorsonline.us/zack-smith-hockey-jersey/]Zack Smith Jersey[/url] . Hard to tell, though, after the aching slugger hit a majestic three-run homer in the third inning to spark the Detroit Tigers to a 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. With a day game following an extra-inning night game, and with a crucial five-game series against a division rival coming up this weekend, the rest would have been a prudent prescription for the leg injury Cabreras been playing with for several days. "He actually has a shin thats all black and blue," Jim Leyland said. "It terrible, its terrible looking, but it actually looked a little bit better today. Hes still pretty sore. As a manager, you almost feel bad playing him. I can tell that hes hurting, but he wanted to play today, so I put him in there." Leyland certainly didnt feel bad about the decision afterward. The home run erased an early three-run deficit and gave the Tigers some much needed momentum. "Hes been banged up for about a week," teammate Torii Hunter said of Cabrera. "Miggy, instead of him having to run, he just hits the home run." Cabrera has homered in five of the last six games. Despite allowing a season-high 11 hits, Tigers starter Rick Porcello (9-6) allowed just three runs in six innings. Porcello hasnt lost a decision since June 30 at Tampa Bay. Porcello got off to a miserable start, giving up three runs on four hits in the first inning. Worse, he needed 40 pitches to get the first three outs of the game. Avisail Garcia, and Conor Gillaspie had run-scoring singles, with the other run coming on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Keppinger. After Cabrera tied the score with his 38th homer, the Tigers broke the game open in the top of the sixth, thanks to some clutch hitting and a White Sox miscue. Omar Infante drove in the go-ahead run with a single, and the final two runs came courtesy of an error by Gillaspie, the third baseman. The White Sox added a run in the bottom of the eighth on a run-scoring single by Alexei Ramirez to make it 6-4. Taking no chances, Leyland brought in closer Joaquin Benoit with one out in the eighth. Benoit then proceeded to strike out Adam Dunn and Garcia to end the inning without further damage. He worked out of another jam in the ninth inning for his 15th save in 15 chances. Even though it occurred in the third inning, the talk of the postgame was Cabreras homer off of White Sox starter John Danks (2-10). "He was quick on it," Leyland said. "He just fired his hands -- it looked like a cutter -- and he just pulled his hands in and they were like lightening through the zone. Hes remarkable." Said Danks: "Bad pitch to him. I got him out the first time and I tried to go a little farther inside. I dont think it would have been called a strike." The way Hunter sees it, thats the key. Pitchers dont want to throw Cabrera fat pitches in the strike zone. "Some of those pitches are balls and hes still hitting them out," Hunter said. Cabrera, in his bid for an historic second straight Triple Crown, leads the American League in batting average (.360) and is in a tight battle with Baltimores Chris Davis for home runs and RBIs. With his blast on Wednesday, Cabrera has 114 RBIs. Hunter believes Cabrera is actually having a better season this year. "No doubt," he said. "I wasnt here last year, but hes definitely better this year than last." NOTES: Manager Robin Ventura gave White Sox veteran Paul Konerko the day off. "Guys at that age get a little tighter a day game after a night game," Ventura said. "Let him have a little spa day." . Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 11 games. . The White Sox open a series at Minnesota Thursday night with RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0) facing RHP Mike Pelfrey (7-11). 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LOUIS – Its difficult to imagine Sunday nights fourth game of the World Series unfolding in a more dramatic fashion than Saturdays 5-4 Cardinals win. St. Louis won in walk-off fashion, to take a 2-1 series lead, when Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was ruled to have obstructed with base runner Allen Craig. The game also featured a questionable decision by Boston manager John Farrell to allow his relief pitcher, Brandon Workman, to hit with one out in the ninth inning of a tie game. We also saw two bullpens, both strong at the back end, cough up runs. Set up men Carlos Martinez (St. Louis) and Craig Breslow (Boston) struggled and each of Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara (Boston) and Trevor Rosenthal (St. Louis) allowed inherited runners to score. Tonight is as close as it gets to a must-win for the Red Sox without the math actually requiring a victory. The prospect of being down 3-1 and with Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright scheduled to pitch Mondays Game 5 in St. Louis is not appealing to the American League representatives. Game 4 Preview: Pitching Matchup: Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz (Regular season: 12-1, 1.74, 1.025 WHIP in 108.1IP; Playoffs: 3GS: 0-0, 5.40, 1.440 WHIP in 16.2IP) There isnt a St. Louis player whos faced Buchholz in a major league game. Lineup Considerations: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, whose errant throw to third base precipitated the obstruction call against Will Middlebrooks to force home St. Louis winning run in Game 3, will be replaced behind the plate by David Ross. Its more likely that Saltalamacchias offensive struggles have contributed to managerr John Farrells decision making. [url=http://www.hockeysenatorsonline.us/mark-stone-hockey-jersey/]Mark Stone Jersey[/url]. Saltalmacchia has struck out a whopping 19 times in 32 postseason at-bats. Manager John Farrell says his entire bullpen is available for tonights game and also suggested he could turn to Game 2 starter John Lackey for an inning, if necessary. Pitching Matchup: Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn (Regular season: 15-10, 3.97, 1.314 WHIP in 201.2IP; Playoffs: 3G, 2GS, 2-1, 5.40, 1.971 WHIP in 11.2IP) Six Red Sox position players have a combined 15 career big league at-bats against Lynn. Only David Ross has an extra base hit (double). Lineup Considerations: Allen Craig, who scored Game 3s winning run in dramatic fashion, appeared to reinjure his sprained foot on the play. Manager Mike Matheny confirmed Craig underwent an x-ray, which confirmed there were no breaks. Craig will continue to be available in a pinch hit role. Shortstop Pete Kozma, whos hitless in eight World Series at-bats, will sit in favour of Daniel Descalso. Game 4 Prediction: Its hard to get a read on Lance Lynn at the moment. No doubt, hes a talented young pitcher, but hes been vulnerable in this postseason as his numbers suggest. The Red Sox likely will have to piece it together. Clay Buchholz is working through shoulder stiffness, which becomes an increasing problem as the game goes on. If Buchholz is limited to five innings and 80 pitches, or thereabouts, look for Ryan Dempster to back fill. With so many variables, were looking at another game decided by the bullpens and because of that, St. Louis will win and take a stranglehold on the series. Final score: 7-5. 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