A case of the flu kept Cabrera out of the lineup the past two nights, but he'll draw back in for Saturday's matchup against Seattle lefty Ariel Miranda. Cabrera, who has crushed left-handed pitching this season to the tune of a .345 average and .895 OPS, will bat third in the lineup.
The outfielder picked a perfect time to launch his first homer of the season, smacking a solo shot to left in the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie. Mahtook was all set to be the hero as a result of the round-tripper, but normally reliable closer Alex Colome was unable to hold the lead in the bottom half of the frame. After an 0-for-34 slump, Mahtook now is 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles and Friday's homer over the last two games.
After starting each of the last two games, Dyson will give way to Paulo Orlando in center field Saturday. Orlando will serve as the leadoff man against the Red Sox's David Price.
The 25-year-old utility man went 3-for-4 for the Stone Crabs in his lone rehab start on Friday night, logging time at both second base and left field. It remains to be seen if he'll be immediately reinserted into the starting lineup, but Franklin has been reinstated from the DL after his brief stint on the sidelines.
With Jose Iglesias' return from the DL on Saturday, the Tigers cleared a spot by designating Presley for assignment. The 31-year-old outfielder hadn't appeared in any of the Tigers' last five games and was hitting a mere .198 at the big league level on the season. He'll now be subject to waivers but he could return to the Tigers organization if he goes unclaimed.
Bradley's prolonged slump has dropped him all the way to the bottom of the order as he's hit just .156 over the last 30 games and .080 over the last week. He'll have the tough task of trying to break out of that slump Saturday against Cy Young candidate Danny Duffy.
The veteran leadoff man provided timely hitting in the blowout, plating Chase Headley and Clark Judge in the second with a single and then closing out the scoring with another run-scoring hit in the seventh that drove in Ronald Torreyes. The 33-year-old now has hits in three straight, with four RBI over that span.
The slugging outfielder was on base early and often Friday and added an eighth-inning solo shot for good measure. The homer had special significance, considering it was Cain's first since back on May 31 against the Rays. He's put together a solid August, slashing .310/.351/.437 with six doubles and 14 RBI over 87 at-bats.
Gordon followed a three-run blast by Eric Hosmer earlier in the first to plate Kendrys Morales with a 394-foot shot to center to close out a five-run opening frame. The veteran outfielder is finally starting to hit his stride at the plate, with seven homers and 10 RBI since Aug. 16.
His sixth-inning run-scoring two-bagger was particularly timely, given that it erased a 1-0 deficit. Martinez now has six two-hit efforts in his last seven games and is slashing .414/.452/.713 over 87 August at-bats.