Tigers ‘concerned’ about Cabrera injury

DETROIT — Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is out of the starting lineup Sunday against the Chicago White Sox after leaving the previous night’s game with groin soreness.

Manager Jim Leyland said he’s concerned about Cabrera, who is finishing up a spectacular season at the plate but has been bothered by a number of nagging injuries over the past couple months.

Cabrera is hitting .349 with 44 home runs and 136 RBIs.

Cabrera had three hits and a walk Saturday, so he’s still a threat at the plate, but he’s labored quite a bit on the basepaths. Cabrera said he hopes he can play Monday.

Phillies

Sandberg made permanent manager: In Philadelphia, the Phillies removed interim tag from Ryne Sandberg, signing him to manage the next three years Sunday morning.

Sandberg had been serving as interim manager since the Phillies fired Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16. The Phillies have gone 18-16 under Sandberg.

He signed a three-year contract, taking him through 2016 with a club option for 2017.

“I think this is the right person to take us forward,” Amaro explained on the decision not to wait.

“I know his philosophy on the importance of cohesiveness throughout the organization, and that’s exactly what we’re looking for. I know he understands the importance of player development and scouting, he’s got an idea and a vision of what’s necessary to move this organization forward.”

“I think there’s been a very large weight lifted off of me,” Sandberg said. “I’m still focused on the last eight games — still focused on today’s game to tell you the truth — but I’m looking forward to not only the eight games left but to 2014 and getting the wheels turning in that direction.”

Rays

Longoria out with illness: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Tampa Bay Rays slugger Evan Longoria has been scratched from the starting lineup because of flu-like symptoms.

Longoria is hitting .263 with 29 homers and 77 RBIs in 151 games this season.

Around the majors

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