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Cabrera exits early, Tigers top Indians in rain
Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder, left, gets a high-five from Alex Avila after scoring on a sacrifice fly ball by Don Kelly in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
August 30, 2013, 11:39 pm

DETROIT (AP) Despite another early exit by injured Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Friday night in a game stopped after seven innings because of rain.

Victor Martinez doubled twice and drove in two runs as the AL Central-leading Tigers opened a 7 1/2-game lead over second-place Cleveland.

Cabrera was pulled from a second straight game, this time after two innings because of irritation in his abdominal area. He struck out in his only at-bat.

Cabrera left Thursday's game after hurting his abdomen while making an awkward slide. He has been bothered by a strained left abdominal wall for over a month and hampered by knee and shin injuries since then.

The slugger leads the majors with 130 RBIs and a .358 batting average. He also has 43 home runs.

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