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Miguel Cabrera exits game with strained hamstring

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Tigers 1B/DH Miguel Cabrera exited Thursday afternoon’s game against the Royals with a strained right hamstring, according to the club. He appeared to suffer the injury after singling in the sixth inning.

Cabrera, 35, has been hitting well this season, entering Thursday’s action with a .326/.413/.528 triple-slash line along with three home runs and 21 RBI in 104 plate appearances. He hadn’t played since last Sunday due to a biceps injury.

If Cabrera needs to go on the disabled list, Niko Goodrum and John Hicks are likely to fill in at first base. The Tigers should pass along information about the severity of the injury later today or tomorrow.

Lucas Giolito earns second shutout of season

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The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.

Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.

As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.