Miguel Cabrera says All-Star game injury “is nothing big”

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Miguel Cabrera left the All-Star game after one at-bat with what was described as mild soreness in his right side and the Tigers first baseman said afterward that the injury “is nothing big.”

“I’m going to take care of myself and get ready for Friday,” Cabrera told Jason Beck of MLB.com, referring to the Tigers’ three-game series against the White Sox that kicks off the second half in Detroit.

Cabrera told Beck that he felt soreness on a checked swing, but would have stayed in the game had it, you know, actually counted for anything.

Hopefully he’s right and the injury isn’t reclassified as the dreaded oblique strain, because those tend to linger and the Tigers can hardly afford to lose Cabrera and his third-ranked .980 OPS from the middle of their lineup for any length of time.

Aaron Judge was involved in a weird play in the fourth inning

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge found himself front-and-center in a weird play in the bottom of the fourth inning during Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday evening. Judge drew a walk to lead off the frame. After Didi Gregorius lined out, Gary Sanchez flied out to shallow right-center.

Judge must have thought the ball had a high probability of falling in for a hit, so he was past the second base bag around the time he realized his mistake. He retraced his steps, running back to first base. Reddick’s throw hopped a couple of times but first base umpire Jerry Meals called Judge out on the tag-up play.

Manager Joe Girardi requested a review and the call was overturned: Judge was safe. However, Astros manager A.J. Hinch wanted to challenge that Judge did not re-touch second base on his way back. Rather than issuing a formal challenge, the Astros had to appeal the play by having starter Lance McCullers throw to second base, at which point second base umpire Jim Reynolds would issue a ruling. McCullers was a bit hasty, though, and made his appeal throw before Greg Bird stepped into the batter’s box. Reynolds told McCullers that he had to wait. So, McCullers again made his appeal throw.

This time, Judge was running and he was simply tagged out at second base for the final out of the inning. No need for a review.

As Ken Rosenthal explained on the FS1 broadcast, the Yankees were trying to “beat the police.” They knew Judge would have been ruled out — replays clearly showed he never re-touched the base — so they had nothing to lose by sending Judge. If he was safe, the Astros would no longer be able to appeal the play. If he’s out, then it’s the same outcome they would have had anyway.